Renee Fleming will sing the Super Bowl national anthem

AP

The NFL has chosen opera star Renee Fleming to sing “The Star-Spangled Banner” before Super Bowl XLVIII.

Fleming is, according to the Associated Press, the first opera singer to perform the national anthem at the Super Bowl. The NFL has recently chosen more mainstream performers, with Alicia Keys, Kelly Clarkson, Christina Aguilera, Carrie Underwood and Jennifer Hudson singing the national anthem at the last five Super Bowls.

Fleming is an appropriate choice for the New York/New Jersey Super Bowl, as she often performs at New York venues and is currently starring in Rusalka at the Metropolitan Opera.

Those of us who aren’t cultured enough to know what Rusalka is can enjoy watching Fleming perform a David Letterman Top 10 list.

32 responses to “Renee Fleming will sing the Super Bowl national anthem

  1. No opera fan but as long as she keeps the tempo up and doesn’t drag it out like a soul diva I’m sure we’ll all get through it.

  2. Here’s a thought: What if we didn’t do the anthem at all?

    The NFL has this weird Southern style nationalism about it. Before every game, they play the anthem and trot out some soldiers. I know here in New England we’re a bit more reserved than the rest of the country, but the outward display of nationalism always creeps me out.

  3. Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel.
    While they’re getting rid of the extra point, they should also get rid of the pregame national anthem.

  4. yea, don’t dig opera, and I’ve heard her sing, and I don’t dig that either. she sure is pretty though.

  5. Wait isn’t the game on Fox? I thought it was in their contract that they were allowed to trot out a random halfassed American Idol of their choosing to do the anthem?

  6. People with pets, viewing the game at home, are advised to turn down the volume of their television sets during the pre game ceremony. To avoid setting their dogs to howling or having their cats fling themselves against the windows.

  7. Two things:

    1. Alicia Keys did a good job. But Ms. Fleming will sing it the way it’s supposed by sung. It will be great.

    2. The Great, etc, says: “If you don’t like your country, you’re welcome to leave.”

    We can’t leave. There are lots of things needing fixing. If you would leave, there might be one thing less needing fixing.

  8. I can handle an opera singer singing the National anthem and Bruno Mars/Red Hot Chilli Peppers at halftime but having to listen to Joe Buck the whole game is another story.

  9. I love it. It will be tremendously threatening to the knuckledraggers and those who think the endless stream of American Idols are “artists,” but it shows respect for country and for the game.

  10. To those who commented on getting rid of it, Just because you are not interested in the history or heritage of our country does not mean every little thing that makes you uncomfortible should be removed.

    There are plenty of things that make me uncomfortible. Instead of focussing on the things that bother you, try focussing on the things that make you happy and let the rest of the world worry about their own sensibilities.

  11. New England is “more reserved” and doesn’t appreciate nationalism? What? What world do you live in?

    I was just at UConn for a packed and sold out bball game and during the national anthem the ENTIRE 11k crowd broke out into song and finished the anthem with the band. It gave me chills.

    God bless America!

  12. Hopefully she’ll sing it respectfully and do a good job. I get tired of hearing singers throw their voice all over the place and act like they’re auditioning for American Idol. It’s an anthem/ballad, not a soul song or rock song or R&B tune.

    Sing it at a good speed, don’t drag it out to 15 minutes to soak up all the accolades of your majestic performance. We’ve got a ball game to watch & we came to see it…. not you.

  13. Renee has an amazing classically trained voice, and I’m sure will sing the song the way it’s supposed to be sung. Certainly a giant improvement over pop singers who butcher the anthem with vocal gymnastics.

  14. “having to listen to Joe Buck the whole game is another story.”

    Amen. But at least we won;t have to suffer through Phil Simms as the “analyst.”

    Here is my ideal lineup:

    football: Al Michaels & Chris Collinsworth
    golf: David Feherty, Gary McCord and Peter Jacobsen (aka Jake Trout and the Ballwashers)
    baseball: Vin Scully and no one else in the booth

  15. I love the Nation Anthems. Gives me goosebumps.
    I’ve never heard of her but I hope she does a great job instead of them no talent ass, lip sinks showoffs that we have to put up with. Just sing your butt off lady, don’t change the words and good luck.

  16. If she sings nearly as well as the GREAT baritone Robert Merrill, she will be wonderful. Mr Merrill sang The Anthem many times at Yanks and Giants games, and he was tremendous.

  17. By the time she finishes the first phrase, she will be more of a household word than she already is. She has appeared on national TV too many time for me to recount, including extended interviews on CBS 60 minutes, late night TV and NPR. I predict a rousing reception from the fans in the stadium. What a gorgeous voice and gorgeous lady!

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