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Renee Fleming will sing the Super Bowl national anthem

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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.

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32 Responses to “Renee Fleming will sing the Super Bowl national anthem”
  1. thegreatgabbert says: Jan 21, 2014 1:01 PM

    Game will be over before it starts. The fat lady is singing.

  2. greg2geez says: Jan 21, 2014 1:05 PM

    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.

  3. ironhawk says: Jan 21, 2014 1:06 PM

    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.

  4. thegreatgabbert says: Jan 21, 2014 1:10 PM

    There was much confusion and some consternation when people in the crowd began to leave the stadium when the fat lady started singing.

  5. onulaw76 says: Jan 21, 2014 1:10 PM

    FINALLY! Some NY/NJ talent for the NY/NJ Super Bowl! Lordy…

  6. vicnocal says: Jan 21, 2014 1:11 PM

    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.

  7. jimjets says: Jan 21, 2014 1:12 PM

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

  8. tacasey says: Jan 21, 2014 1:14 PM

    Her sister Peggy had amazing talent so I’m sure she will do well.

  9. squared80 says: Jan 21, 2014 1:14 PM

    GOOD! Some class for a change. And someone with TALENT.

  10. murphintampa says: Jan 21, 2014 1:15 PM

    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?

  11. thegreatgabbert says: Jan 21, 2014 1:16 PM

    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.

  12. rhcpvikings says: Jan 21, 2014 1:17 PM

    They should have had Flea do the National Anthem on Bass

  13. El Pollo Loco says: Jan 21, 2014 1:17 PM

    I really liked the guy who played the trumpet at the Carolina Niner game

  14. thegreatgabbert says: Jan 21, 2014 1:19 PM

    Not everyone finds opera singers sexy, but man, when they come out in those trenchcoats……

  15. The Great Ted Thompson the Genius says: Jan 21, 2014 1:20 PM

    Hey guys, if you don’t like your country, you’re welcome to leave. It isn’t like that everywhere.

  16. usmutts says: Jan 21, 2014 1:26 PM

    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.

  17. 315judman says: Jan 21, 2014 1:32 PM

    Potsdam represent!

  18. Davo says: Jan 21, 2014 1:36 PM

    We’re losing the country, man!

  19. shackdelrio says: Jan 21, 2014 1:36 PM

    I was hoping for Bleeding Gums Murphy.

  20. schmitty2 says: Jan 21, 2014 1:37 PM

    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.

  21. saggysack says: Jan 21, 2014 1:39 PM

    Get the dude who does the National Anthem before the Blackhawks games. He is friggin awesome.

  22. culturalelitist says: Jan 21, 2014 2:00 PM

    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.

  23. athwartships says: Jan 21, 2014 2:09 PM

    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.

  24. scoops1 says: Jan 21, 2014 2:16 PM

    I guess Enrico Pallazzo booked somewhere else that day…

  25. dsquiz says: Jan 21, 2014 3:17 PM

    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!

  26. smegley0123 says: Jan 21, 2014 4:17 PM

    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.

  27. bubba703 says: Jan 21, 2014 4:30 PM

    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.

  28. tackandcover says: Jan 21, 2014 4:50 PM

    “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

  29. cospgsmadman says: Jan 21, 2014 6:28 PM

    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.

  30. thingamajig says: Jan 21, 2014 6:47 PM

    She can’t be any worse than Bruno Mars or the Red Hot Chilli Peppers.

  31. fdugrad says: Jan 21, 2014 7:05 PM

    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.

  32. lightseeker001 says: Jan 22, 2014 1:47 PM

    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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