‘Super Bowl’s a lot tougher than singing at the Met’

A happy mash-up from ABC News on the surprise selection of a diva to serenade the nation’s hard men.

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  • This makes me so happy. Renee Fleming is a wonderful singer and I have enjoyed talking with her on several occasions when she has sung here in Buffalo. I think once fans hear the anthem sung by an operatically trained voice they will never want to go back. It’s great for the profile of classical music and opera!

  • But positive. It could have been hostile — it is, after all, the ultimate crossover. Most fans will go for a beer. All the opera-loving devotees of the Seahawaks and the other ones will, of course stay.

  • Memorable performances in my book were those of Ara Berberian, a fine Detroit-born bass who sang the Star Spangled Banner at a World Series game there in1984. At another game in the same series we were treated to a first-class performance by the Oak Ridge Boys. In these widely diverse genres it was a pleasure to hear no egos, no nonsense, but instead fine music from performers who understood that the occasion was to honor the spirit of American sport — and not about them!

  • Great choice and we can be sure there will be no “wardrobe malfunction” as famously happened a few years back at the Super Bowl.

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