Queen of Soul seeks operatic talent

Aretha Franklin and Condoleezza Rice at the Mann Center in 2010.

Aretha Franklin, whose pop eye has wandered over to opera from time to time, says she wants to find and develop a budding opera star.

Franklin tells NPR that she will sign the singer, or singers, to her record label and give other career assistance. The pop singer doesn't specify exactly what she's listening or looking for in emerging talent between the ages of 18 and 40, but tells NPR:

"Some of the older classical singers like Jessye Norman, Leontyne [Price] and Barbara Hendricks are retiring, they're not singing anymore, and I'd like to see some younger singers come along and take their place." (Actually, Price retired from the opera stage in 1985.)

A resume, head shot and a demo recording are all applicants need send.

The address: Aretha's Records, c/o Thav, Gross, Steinway & Bennett, 30150 Telegraph Road, Bingham Farms, MI 48012.