Usually the NFL has gotten famous musical artists to perform the national anthem before the Super Bowl. This year the Super Bowl is bringing in opera star Renee Fleming to sing “The Star-Spangled Banner” before Super Bowl XLVIII.
From the Associated Press:
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.
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.
It is an interesting break away from the trend of recent years and sounds like fans are going to see a quality rendition and great performance.