NEW YORK (AP) — The Super Bowl will have a touch of the classical this year: Opera star Renee Fleming will sing the national anthem.
The four-time Grammy winner will perform before the Denver Broncos and the Seattle Seahawks play at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., on Feb 2. Fleming is the first opera star to sing the national anthem at the Super Bowl. In recent years, it has been performed mainly by a mix of pop and country stars.
[PHOTO: Renee Fleming performed at IUP’s Fisher Auditorium last year. (Gazette file photo)]
Known as “The People’s Diva,” the soprano is closely identified with the New York City region, having spent years singing on such iconic stages as Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall.
Last year, she received the National Medal of Arts, the highest honor the government gives to artists.
Fleming, who lives in New York City, sang the national anthem before Game 2 of the 2003 World Series at Yankee Stadium.
Although raised through her early elementary school years in Ridgway and later in Rochester, N.Y., Fleming was born at Indiana Hospital to Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Fleming, of Cherry Tree RD 2, while they were senior music majors at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.