It was announced yesterday that the “People’s Diva”, Renèe Fleming will be singing the national anthem at the Super Bowl. This comes as a surprise, not because Ms. Fleming isn’t well known or capable of singing the anthem, but because this “honor” is usually given to Country Music Stars, or Pop Divas, not Opera Divas.
“Renée Fleming, the 54-year-old lyric soprano, will become the first classical musician to perform the national anthem at the Super Bowl when she takes the field with the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks on 2 February. Anyone fearing Maria Callas-style theatrics clashing with popular American sport should be pleasantly surprised. Fleming, who received the National Medal of Arts from President Obama last year, is a distinctively American opera star, with a bright voice and a relaxed attitude.” (via TheGuardian.com)
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I am delighted that she has been chosen and will certainly be tuning in to see her perform. Since we have to wait until Feb. 2 to hear Ms. Fleming perform, we can enjoy videos of some of her finest performances.