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Super Bowl National Anthem 2014: Highlights of Renee Fleming's Rendition
The Bleacher Report ^ | 2-2-14 | Matt Fitzgerald

Posted on 02/03/2014 9:34:08 AM PST by afraidfortherepublic

Renowned operatic soprano Renee Fleming did a beautiful, unique rendition of "The Star-Spangled Banner" before kickoff of Super Bowl XLVIII Sunday, Feb. 2, between the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos.

Fleming was a polarizing selection to sing the American national anthem because of her style. The precedent has been to have pop stars do their take on the historic tune. Often the piece can become glamorized, with too much ornamentation, vocal runs or spins of originality.

To deliver an epic performance on this grand of a stage at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., it took nothing more than Fleming's natural talent and mostly strict adherence to the song to allow her efforts to be a great success.


TOPICS: Arts/Photography; Military/Veterans; Music/Entertainment; Sports
KEYWORDS: nationalanthem; reneefleming; superbowl

1 posted on 02/03/2014 9:34:08 AM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: afraidfortherepublic

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1945773-super-bowl-national-anthem-2014-highlights-of-renee-flemings-rendition#articles/1945773-super-bowl-national-anthem-2014-highlights-of-renee-flemings-rendition

I hope this link works. If not, go to the article link and you can get the video there. I loved her dress too. Classy is an understatement!


2 posted on 02/03/2014 9:35:55 AM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: afraidfortherepublic; EveningStar; Borges

Classic music ping!


3 posted on 02/03/2014 9:36:42 AM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: afraidfortherepublic

I don’t think I’ve ever heard a better rendition of our national anthem than the one last night.


4 posted on 02/03/2014 9:40:30 AM PST by Oldhunk
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To: afraidfortherepublic

From the pitch of her first note, it was evident we would be treated to a superb performance. Renee Fleming was outstanding. Brava!


5 posted on 02/03/2014 9:41:55 AM PST by NautiNurse (Obama sends U.S. Marines to pick up his dog & basketballs. Benghazi? Nope.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Unlike pop stars Fleming can actually sing the difficult high notes.


6 posted on 02/03/2014 9:42:35 AM PST by C19fan
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To: afraidfortherepublic

I am well aware of Fleming’s talent. I was mildly disappointed, especially with her very last note (that I thought she missed). However, when I spoke to my opera expert buddies, they said she was fine, and technically perfect. I’ll have to listen to it again.


7 posted on 02/03/2014 9:43:05 AM PST by 1rudeboy
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To: Oldhunk

this was the best part of the entire Superbowl... better than the game, better than any of the commercials, and even better than the Halftime Show (which i thoroughly enjoyed—i thought Bruno Mars gave a great performance)... But Renee Fleming was SPECTACULAR!


8 posted on 02/03/2014 9:44:43 AM PST by latina4dubya (when i have money i buy books... if i have anything left, i buy 6-inch heels and a bottle of wine...)
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To: 1rudeboy

I thought she might have slightly flat on the last note, but perhaps it was the stadium. Like your opera buddies, I thouroughly enjoyed her rendition, although I still like the Cactus Cuties of a few years ago.


9 posted on 02/03/2014 9:48:14 AM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Opera singers can have “off” days also (although I’m overstating it). And sopranos are not designed to sing in cold weather. Again, I didn’t have a problem with her performance . . . just being hyper-critical.


10 posted on 02/03/2014 9:52:03 AM PST by 1rudeboy
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To: Oldhunk

I still love the Cactus Cuties of a few years back.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PItHw8a7MIQ


11 posted on 02/03/2014 9:54:28 AM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Next time make it an operatic bass.


12 posted on 02/03/2014 9:55:24 AM PST by onedoug
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To: afraidfortherepublic
...mostly strict adherence to the song to allow her efforts to be a great success.

"Mostly strict adherence" is now grounds for laud?

Tempo was too slow and she drew out notes, not in a pop way, but in an operatic way. Not much difference.

Listen to this: Chicago Bears National Anthem-Jim Cornelison

13 posted on 02/03/2014 9:55:46 AM PST by raybbr (I weep over my sons' future in this Godforsaken country.)
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To: 1rudeboy
I was mildly disappointed, especially with her very last note (that I thought she missed).

My wife, who has pretty good ear, thought the last note - in addition to being unnecessary - was a flat. I thought her phrasing missed the mark a couple of times. On the whole, far superior to most large sporting event renditions, though.

14 posted on 02/03/2014 9:56:38 AM PST by trad_anglican
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Unfortunately, while Fleming was a vast improvement over other pop singers, she was indeed flat, and not just on that last note. She was flat at the end of nearly every phrase, and I thought it could possibly have been the stadium or where the band was located too.


15 posted on 02/03/2014 9:58:05 AM PST by Wiser now (Socialism does not eliminate poverty, it guarantees it.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

The Cactus Cuties sang the song the way it is SUPPOSED to be sung....The way it should be sung at ALL times..by anyone who sings it....

It should NEVER be modified for the singer’s benefit....


16 posted on 02/03/2014 10:02:44 AM PST by Boonie
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To: 1rudeboy

I thought she might have slightly flat on the last note, but perhaps it was the stadium. Like your opera buddies, I thouroughly enjoyed her rendition, although I still like the Cactus Cuties of a few years ago.

http://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=cactus cuties national anthem video&FORM=VIRE1#view=detail&mid=ED8604FDC5FD4D6E28D5ED8604FDC5FD4D6E28D5

As they say in Texas, they’re all growed up now, but they still sing. And they are are just as nice and sweet.


17 posted on 02/03/2014 10:08:31 AM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: raybbr

Wow! Cornelison was terrific. But I dunno about the gunfire. Gunfire in Chicago makes me apprehensive!


18 posted on 02/03/2014 10:23:35 AM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Took too long. If we fought wars the way the majority sing the Natl anthem we would get our asses kicked.


19 posted on 02/03/2014 10:27:27 AM PST by xone
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To: afraidfortherepublic

That’s the way it’s supposed to be done. None of that crap where they just make up whatever tune they want along the way, and none of that “A-MER-HAIR-HAIR-HAIR-I-CA-AH-AH-AH-AH” crap either.


20 posted on 02/03/2014 10:29:08 AM PST by jiggyboy (Ten percent of poll respondents are either lying or insane)
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To: afraidfortherepublic
Fleming's natural talent and mostly strict adherence to the song to allow her efforts to be a great success.

Bravo!

21 posted on 02/03/2014 10:31:36 AM PST by Hot Tabasco (I think I've lost my mojo.....)
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To: jiggyboy

none of that “A-MER-HAIR-HAIR-HAIR-I-CA-AH-AH-AH-AH” crap either.
+++++
Lol...perfect way to describe it. I usually mute that part...not this time, she was perfect.


22 posted on 02/03/2014 10:36:05 AM PST by RetSignman
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To: afraidfortherepublic

My all time favorite version:
http://www.businessinsider.com/whitney-houston-super-bowl-national-anthem-2014-1


23 posted on 02/03/2014 10:42:31 AM PST by tirednvirginia
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To: onedoug

Operatic bass.

Good idea! I wish we heard men in their natural range more frequently.


24 posted on 02/03/2014 10:43:48 AM PST by married21 ( As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.)
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To: onedoug
"Next time make it an operatic bass."

Listen to this: Chicago Bears National Anthem-Jim Cornelison

25 posted on 02/03/2014 10:50:47 AM PST by raybbr (I weep over my sons' future in this Godforsaken country.)
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To: Oldhunk

Yes. It was the best I’ve ever heard in my almost 69 years.


26 posted on 02/03/2014 10:57:09 AM PST by Arlis
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To: raybbr

Cornelison also does the National Anthem before Blackhawks games, usually with a veteran at his side. He sings as it should be sung.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CQapVXMMawI

When the Hawks won the Stanley Cup in 2010, they gave Cornelison a Championship Ring. I believe he wears it when he signs at United Center (but I will check to make sure when the Hawks come back after the Olympics).


27 posted on 02/03/2014 11:20:00 AM PST by henkster (Communists never negotiate.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic
Fleming was a polarizing selection to sing the American national anthem because of her style. The precedent has been to have pop stars do their take on the historic tune. Often the piece can become glamorized, with too much ornamentation, vocal runs or spins of originality.

Fleming was polarizing??? Two sentences later they identify the problem with most pop singers trying to perform the national anthem. Clearly pop singers have been the polarizing selections.

28 posted on 02/03/2014 11:20:21 AM PST by MissNomer
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To: jiggyboy
Did not hear Miss Fleming's rendition of the national anthem, but I know what you mean.

Like listening to "God Bless HAMerica" at baseball games.

29 posted on 02/03/2014 11:27:01 AM PST by Churchillspirit (9/11/2001 and 9/11/2012: NEVER FORGET.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic
Graduate of the Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester, Rochester, NY. Meliora!
30 posted on 02/03/2014 12:10:15 PM PST by Aldebert
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Best part of the flippin’ game. - Sore Broncos fan.


31 posted on 02/03/2014 1:01:44 PM PST by Mathews (Ecclesiastes 10:2 (NIV), Luke 22:36 (NIV))
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To: henkster
Jim is great but this was the top rendition for me.

US National Anthem drowned out by cheers at 91 NHL All Star

I was there and it was deafening. And the cheering is not disrespectful, it was in response to a game in the 80's where some Canadian fans booed our anthem.

32 posted on 02/03/2014 1:30:02 PM PST by sharkhawk (Mr Gorbachev, tear down this wall.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic
Move over Renee.
33 posted on 02/03/2014 6:13:42 PM PST by metalurgist ( Want your country back? It'll take guns and rope. Marxists won't give up peaceably.)
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To: Aldebert

I believe Renee is a graduate of the Crane School of Music in Potsdam, NY. I was a freshman when she was a senior. I saw her sing for Lionel Hampton at Algers Pub. She sang her standard jazz song “When Sonny gets Blue.” He told her she was going places.


34 posted on 02/03/2014 7:32:42 PM PST by ez (Muslims do not play well with others.)
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To: raybbr

Good voice. But he’s a baritone...which I was on the boards. But did you ever hear the likes of Nicolai Ghirurov or Walter Berry? Now they were basses.

Then there’s always the changing of the guard at the witch’s castle in The Wizard Of Oz.


35 posted on 02/03/2014 8:50:14 PM PST by onedoug
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