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Opera singer Renee Fleming chosen to sing anthem at Super Bowl
Wash. Post ^ | Jan. 22, 2014

Posted on 01/27/2014 7:10:03 AM PST by rhema

Renée Fleming has hit some important pop-culture markers in the past few months. In September, she went on David Letterman’s show to sing the Top Ten list. Now, she’s going to sing the national anthem at the Super Bowl. Musical attention at the Super Bowl usually focuses on the halftime show, but since this kind of attention is so rare in classical music these days, and since Fleming is the first opera singer ever to be accorded this, well, honor, the announcement has caused quite a stir.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial
KEYWORDS: anthem; chosen; fleming; football; nationalanthem; nfl; opera; reneefleming; sing; singer; sportschat; superbowl
The stir on the other side:

From a Marine Corps Colonel in Afghanistan:

"So with all the kindness I can muster, I give this one piece of advice to the next pop star who is asked to sing the national anthem at a sporting event: save the vocal gymnastics and the physical gyrations for your concerts. Just sing this song the way you were taught to sing it in kindergarten - straight up, no styling. "Sing it with the constant awareness that there are soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines watching you from bases and outposts all over the world. Don't make them cringe with your self-centered ego gratification. Sing it as if you are standing before a row of 86-year-old WWII vets wearing their Purple Hearts, Silver Stars and flag pins on their cardigans and you want them to be proud of you for honoring them and the country they love - not because you want them to think you are a superstar musician. They could see that from your costume, makeup and your entourage.

Sing 'The Star Spangled Banner' with the courtesy and humility that tells the audience that it is about America, not you. And please remember, not everything has to be sung as a Negro spiritual. We're getting a little weary of that.

Francis Scott Key does not need any help."

Semper Fi !

1 posted on 01/27/2014 7:10:04 AM PST by rhema
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To: rhema

I have been impressed with many renditions at NHL arenas in Canada. It means a lot when someone who is not even an American delivers a proper, respectful rendition.

Thanks a lot guys, eh?


2 posted on 01/27/2014 7:12:42 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: rhema

Finally! We may get a singer who can hit that high note without her voice cracking.


3 posted on 01/27/2014 7:13:29 AM PST by reg45 (Barack 0bama: Implementing class warfare by having no class.)
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To: rhema

“—please remember, not everything has to be sung as a Negro spiritual. We’re getting a little weary of that.”


I actually thought I was the only one who felt this way. I often have to mute the TV it annoys me so much.

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4 posted on 01/27/2014 7:15:38 AM PST by Mears
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To: rhema

I am in complete agreement with the comments made by my fellow Marine.

In addition, let me say that Renee Fleming singing our National Anthem will likely be the high point of the entire Stupor Bowl Show.

OooRah!


5 posted on 01/27/2014 7:16:02 AM PST by Howie66 (Molon Labe, Traitors!)
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To: rhema

Fleming is amazing. I look forward to haering this.


6 posted on 01/27/2014 7:17:16 AM PST by Obadiah (I Like Ted.)
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To: rhema

Where’s Mad Ivan?


7 posted on 01/27/2014 7:18:15 AM PST by Savage Beast
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To: rhema

well she’s certainly not a pop star


8 posted on 01/27/2014 7:19:39 AM PST by morphing libertarian
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To: Mears

No, a lot of people are tired of it. Before my niece graduated high school, she sang in the choir. The choir director told them that under no cirrcumstances did he allow “scooping” and other such characteristics in their singing.


9 posted on 01/27/2014 7:20:05 AM PST by mrsmel (One Who Can See)
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To: rhema

Amen! I refuse to listen to any “Whitney Houston” rendition of the Star Spangled Banner. It is disgusting.


10 posted on 01/27/2014 7:21:02 AM PST by meadsjn
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To: reg45

At last someone, for the first time in 2 decades or more who will sing it with grace, power, and dignity...I’m psyched!


11 posted on 01/27/2014 7:26:34 AM PST by mdmathis6 (American Christians can help America best by remembering that we are Heaven's citizens first!)
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To: rhema

bookmark


12 posted on 01/27/2014 7:26:52 AM PST by GOP Poet
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To: Howie66

We’ve had opera singers sing it at Yankee games - Robert Merrill for one. Admittedly, a while ago. Renee Fleming is not only a good singer she’s a pretty, classy lady as well.


13 posted on 01/27/2014 7:30:15 AM PST by miss marmelstein (Richard Lives Yet!)
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To: rhema

Well said Colonel. Well said.


14 posted on 01/27/2014 7:35:19 AM PST by MichaelCorleone (Jesus Christ is not a religion. He's the Truth.)
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To: rhema

BUMP 10^10


15 posted on 01/27/2014 7:35:27 AM PST by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannoli. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: rhema

“Sing ‘The Star Spangled Banner’ with the courtesy and humility that tells the audience that it is about America, not you.”

$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

Renee Fleming sings Amazing Grace at 9/11 memorial:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=87BxqK7KKCc

This will be done right. And it will probably be the only part of the Super Bowl I will watch.


16 posted on 01/27/2014 7:35:35 AM PST by Eccl 10:2 (Prov 3:5 --- "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding")
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To: mdmathis6

17 posted on 01/27/2014 7:37:58 AM PST by gortklattu (God knows who is best, everybody else is making guesses - Tony Snow)
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To: rhema

From my old marching band director (paraphrased):

“The Star Spangled Banner should be performed in 1 minute, 20 seconds. No longer.”


18 posted on 01/27/2014 7:41:56 AM PST by kevkrom (I'm not an unreasonable man... well, actually, I am. But hear me out anyway.)
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To: Eccl 10:2
I like the character of both quarterbacks. I'll probably watch the game (but not the halftime).

Russell Wilson

Peyton Manning

19 posted on 01/27/2014 7:44:44 AM PST by rhema ("Break the conventions; keep the commandments." -- G. K. Chesterton)
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To: miss marmelstein

Too bad Elina Garanca isn’t American.


20 posted on 01/27/2014 7:58:01 AM PST by Blagden Alley
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To: rhema

It may be tough for an opera singer to hit the high notes with sleet flying in her face. Hope she’s pre-recorded and lip-synching.


21 posted on 01/27/2014 7:58:36 AM PST by OrangeHoof (2001-2008: "Dissent Is Patriotism!" 2009-2016: "Dissent Is Racism!")
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To: Buckeye McFrog

There was one dude at the Forum in Montreal, a tenor, during the late 80’s early 90’s who would make me stop me in my tracks.


22 posted on 01/27/2014 8:04:59 AM PST by 1rudeboy
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To: rhema

Well said, Rhema!!


23 posted on 01/27/2014 8:06:50 AM PST by davisfh
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To: rhema

Like this:

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


24 posted on 01/27/2014 8:07:41 AM PST by Resolute Conservative
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To: meadsjn
Amen! I refuse to listen to any “Whitney Houston” rendition of the Star Spangled Banner. It is disgusting.

You could not be more wrong. Houston's rendition at Super Bowl XXV (Bills v Giants) was the best I have ever heard. I was at that game in Tampa and believe me when I say there was not a dry eye in the stadium at the end. The game was played right after Desert Storm remember. Go to YouTube and watch it.

25 posted on 01/27/2014 8:31:09 AM PST by mc5cents (Pray for America)
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To: rhema
Ooooooooooohhhhhhhhoooooooo saaaaaaaaaaayyyyyyyyy can yooooouuuu seeeeee! Byyyyyyyy the daaaaaaaaawns.......EEEEEEEEAAAAARRRRLYYYYYY LIIIIII........yayayayAyayayayayayayagggghhhhhhhhhhhhhhtaaaaahhh!!!!!!!

Some people never learn the sometimes......understated, subtle, and dignified works better.

26 posted on 01/27/2014 8:34:46 AM PST by SkyPilot
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To: SkyPilot

I blame Jose Feliciano, he started the whole “interpretation” thing during the 68 World Series.


27 posted on 01/27/2014 8:36:43 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: SkyPilot

Some of them do sound like they are “death rattling” when they try to hit the high notes!


28 posted on 01/27/2014 8:41:15 AM PST by mdmathis6 (American Christians can help America best by remembering that we are Heaven's citizens first!)
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To: rhema

The first opera singer since Enrico Palazzo.


29 posted on 01/27/2014 8:41:22 AM PST by Vince Ferrer
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To: rhema

Now if they’d only do a section of Phantom of the Opers for halftime, that would be something.


30 posted on 01/27/2014 9:04:18 AM PST by Rennes Templar (Hillary Clinton, you were no Dennis Rodman.)
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To: rhema

I do not like Opera but it has to be a refreshing change from some of the idiots they choose to sing the anthem.

Most of the female singers they choose to sing the anthem need to go back to hooking on the corner. Most of the male singers need to go back to shining shoes at the bus station. ;-)

I like this Marine’s eloquence a lot better than mine!

Semper Fi!


31 posted on 01/27/2014 9:13:09 AM PST by spel_grammer_an_punct_polise (What we need is to sucker the fedthugs into a "Tiananmen Square"-like incident on the National Mall!)
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To: rhema

Didn’t she sing the anthem once before, at another event, and fumble the words?


32 posted on 01/27/2014 9:13:54 AM PST by voicereason (The RNC is like the "One-night stand" you wish you could forget.)
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To: dfwgator

“I blame Jose Feliciano, he started the whole “interpretation” thing during the 68 World Series.”

Didn’t Lou Rawls beat him to the punch? I remember the news story about Rawls disrespecting the anthem when he sang it at a game.


33 posted on 01/27/2014 9:17:42 AM PST by spel_grammer_an_punct_polise (What we need is to sucker the fedthugs into a "Tiananmen Square"-like incident on the National Mall!)
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To: mc5cents; meadsjn

Heh ...

“meadsjn” could not be more right. I hated Whiney Houston’s butchery of the National Anthem when she committed it, and have grown to find it, and its imitators, more loathsome as the years pass.

The Marine Officer quoted at the top of this thread is 1000% dead-nuts on.


34 posted on 01/27/2014 9:21:53 AM PST by NorthMountain
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To: mdmathis6

At last someone, for the first time in 2 decades or more who will sing it with grace, power, and dignity...I’m psyched!

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I cannot recall if it was Denver/New England or the 49ers/Seahawks game, but the singer sang it very straight. It was shocking and quite enjoyable.

Save your vocal pyrotechnics for other songs.


35 posted on 01/27/2014 9:49:00 AM PST by dmz
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To: Vince Ferrer

“Hey, it’s Enrico Palazzo!”

I just hope that when the time comes for her to knock a referee unconcious and then save Queen Elizabeth’s life, she, like Enrico Palazzo, has what it takes.


36 posted on 01/27/2014 10:00:43 AM PST by Publius Valerius
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To: rhema

Refreshingly said.

IMHO


37 posted on 01/27/2014 10:46:16 AM PST by ripley
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To: Publius Valerius
She may be a great singer, and she may try her hand at referee one Sunday, but no opera singer will ever be as good of an umpire as Enrico.

Enrico Palazzo

38 posted on 01/27/2014 10:56:36 AM PST by Vince Ferrer
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To: rhema

Amen. But I am afraid that Fleming will show off. I don’t like the way she sings OPERA!


39 posted on 01/27/2014 11:21:07 AM PST by RobbyS (quotes)
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To: mc5cents

I agree. It was so well done that It makes me sad to recall how she wasted her talent in years thereafter. She was the female Elvis.


40 posted on 01/27/2014 11:23:41 AM PST by RobbyS (quotes)
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To: reg45

Ms. Fleming will have to be great to beat out Whitney Houston


41 posted on 01/27/2014 1:49:16 PM PST by South Dakota (shut up and build a bakken pipe line)
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To: South Dakota
Whitney Houston

Caterwauling mediocrity. (Actually, superior at caterwauling)

42 posted on 01/27/2014 1:59:57 PM PST by Stentor (Maybe the Goldman Sachs thing is just a coincidence.)
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To: Stentor

In your opinion


43 posted on 01/27/2014 2:51:26 PM PST by South Dakota (shut up and build a bakken pipe line)
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To: rhema

http://dailycaller.com/2011/02/08/the-national-anthem-isnt-a-pop-song/


44 posted on 01/27/2014 2:55:38 PM PST by savedbygrace (But God!)
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To: Stentor
Caterwauling mediocrity. (Actually, superior at caterwauling)

A recording of the Jimmy Hendrix Woodstock reveille (in honor of the pending 45th anniversary) would be better.

45 posted on 01/27/2014 7:17:56 PM PST by lightman (O Lord, save Thy people and bless Thine inheritance, giving to Thy Church vict'ry o'er Her enemies.)
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To: 1rudeboy

I think you may be thinking of Roger Doucet but he passed away in 1981 so I am not sure. His rendition of O Canada at the Montreal Forum was legendary.


46 posted on 01/27/2014 7:29:39 PM PST by xp38
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To: lightman
A recording of the Jimmy Hendrix Woodstock reveille (in honor of the pending 45th anniversary) would be better.

Nothing but a screaming skag.

47 posted on 01/27/2014 7:29:44 PM PST by Stentor (Maybe the Goldman Sachs thing is just a coincidence.)
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To: xp38

Thanks, but no. Doucet was perfect, technically, but this guy (of whom I’m thinking) had some serious pipes.


48 posted on 01/27/2014 7:38:47 PM PST by 1rudeboy
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To: Stentor

Better a screaming skag than a screaming skank.


49 posted on 01/27/2014 8:02:06 PM PST by lightman (O Lord, save Thy people and bless Thine inheritance, giving to Thy Church vict'ry o'er Her enemies.)
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