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Opera Singer Renee Fleming Will Sing National Anthem At Super Bowl

Opera Singer Renee Fleming Will Sing National Anthem At Super Bowl

01/22/2014

Renée Fleming, the esteemed opera singer, has been tapped to sing the national anthem prior to Super Bowl XLVIII.

Renée Fleming To Sing National Anthem

Fleming’s appointment as the Super Bowl’s “The Star-Spangled Banner” vocalist was confirmed by her publicist to the Los Angeles Times. As of yet, it hasn’t been determined whether or not Fleming’s soprano vocals will be accompanied by instruments.

Leading up to the Feb. 2 matchup between the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks, Fleming will be performing at the Metropolitan Opera in New York in a production of Dvorak’s Rusalka. Later this year, she’ll be headed to the West Coast to perform in the Los Angeles Opera’s production of Andre Previn’s A Streetcar Named Desire.

Although it has become a part of modern tradition for well-known pop stars to belt out the lyrics of the national anthem prior to major sporting events, Fleming previously sang the anthem for the 2003 World Series. Hopefully, the opera singer will have better luck this time. When she sang it at Yankee’s Stadium in 2003, she had forgotten some of words and had to muddle through parts of the song, according to the L.A. Times.

Last year, Alicia Keys sang the Super Bowl national anthem. She was preceded by Kelly Clarkson, Christina Aguilera, Carrie Underwood and Jennifer Hudson.

– Chelsea Regan

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