Renée Fleming heads for the Super Bowl

Posted on: January 22, 2014

“The Super Bowl will have a touch of the operatic this year: Soprano Renée Fleming will sing the national anthem,” writes Brian Wise in Tuesday’s (1/21) WQXR blog. “The four-time Grammy winner will perform before the Denver Broncos and the Seattle Seahawks play at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford on Feb. 2. Fleming is the first opera star to sing the national anthem at the Super Bowl, according to the Associated Press. In recent years, it has been performed mainly by a mix of pop and country stars. This won’t be Fleming’s first high-profile performance of the ‘Star-Spangled Banner.’ She opened game two of the 2003 World Series in which the Yankees battled the Florida Marlins.… Currently singing Rusalka at the Metropolitan Opera, Fleming is frequently called on for big public events, whether the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Concert in 2012 or the Obama Inauguration concert in 2009. In September, she appeared on David Letterman, singing a Top 10 list.”

Posted January 22, 2014