Speaking of the full-bodied Aretha, listen to her sing Luciano Pavarotti’s signature aria at the 1998 Grammy Awards. The Nessum Donna clip embedded here is a photo montage tribute to Pavarotti. Go to YouTube to see the actual TV footage from the Grammies (embed blocked). Fussy types will say this isn’t opera, but it surely is Aretha! See this and try not to weep with the grandeur of the moment.
How this moment came to be has an incredible back-story. I’ll catch up with it later in the comments.