Renee Fleming brings opera power to the opening to the Super Bowl

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    Renee Fleming brings opera power to the opening to the Super Bowl

    Regardless of whether you will be watching ...  it's at least nice to know that someone who can hit the high notes will be singing the National Anthemn at the Super Bowl this year.

    Since this is the first time an opera singer and star has been chosen for the traditional opening, it's big news in the classical world.  

    "Renee Fleming has hit some important pop-culture markers in the last few months. In September, she went on the Letterman 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."

    You will love this part about selling out -- we are beyond this in rock music, but I thought you'd get a kick out of this (see below).  Laughing

     

    "Any time a classical artist appears in a non-traditional venue, some purist is probably going to make noises about commercialism and selling out. It’s hard to remember now the furor that Luciano Pavarotti caused when he made his first American Express ad, back in the 70s. Times have changed, not least in that there are precious few classical artists today who could risk asking “Do you know me?” on national television, though Yo-Yo Ma, Josh Bell, and Fleming herself could probably get away with it.

    The outrage about this kind of thing has abated, and a good thing, too, since classical artists have been making what they could out of their renown from the dawn of the field’s history. Nonetheless, there remains a sense of disapproval in die-hard classical circles when one of their own steps out of the fold – when Fleming, for instance, makes an indie pop album. There is a touch of sour grapes about such reactions, since the field is on some level so hungry for recognition that many of the artists who make pronouncements about not wanting to sell out would almost certainly leap at the chance to appear on Letterman themselves.

    And if Fleming is able to do it in a way that makes Letterman and his viewers want to know more about her, this is a good thing for classical music – not least because Fleming, for all of her explorations of different vocal avenues over the years, is in no danger of going over to the crossover/arena concert camp."

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/style/wp/2014/01/22/oh-say-can-you-hear-fleming-brings-opera-to-the-super-bowl/

     
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    I read that Renee Fleming is looking forward to her debut at the Super Bowl, and has a a surprise in store, as it pertains to hitting the high notes.   She's a sure thing.

    Check in tomorrow if you catch her / the opening.

     
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    Re: Renee Fleming brings opera power to the opening to the Super Bowl

    I'll have to catch it on youtube as I'll be out until early 2nd half, but I have very high expectations!

     
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    In response to gerbs' comment:
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    I'll have to catch it on youtube as I'll be out until early 2nd half, but I have very high expectations!

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    She certainly met all expectations.   I am not well-versed, nor a big fan of opera, but Fleming is one of the most "accessible" opera singers I've ever seen.

    She raised the bar.   Beautiful job. 

    BTW, I specifically noticed that they called her a "super star" (not an opera "rock star").  

     

     
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    She is without a doubt the most skilled singer I have ever heard sing the anthem at the Super Bowl. I am often embarrassed for the rock/pop singers who attempt this difficult song.

    My only criticism was the tempo. I though she dragged it out a bit too long. But she certainly hit all the notes beautifully.

     
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    Re: Renee Fleming brings opera power to the opening to the Super Bowl

    The more I read about this fiasco known as the "Super Bowl" the more I am glad that I did something more constructive and ignored it.

    I liked it better when it was a football game for football fans.

    In this century it is a lot of hype for nothing.

    I laughed all the way to work this morning when I heard the score and that the game was virtually over before the 1st quarter was half over.

    When the national anthem becomes a news worthy tidbit, you now the game was pretty bad.

     
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    Re: Renee Fleming brings opera power to the opening to the Super Bowl

    The National Anthem was not newsworthy today. 

    I posted this on January 22nd.

    It is about the classical music world's response to hearing that Renee Fleming would appear at the Super Bowl.

    The story has to do with a classical artist appearing in a non-traditional venue; that's what made this interesting.   It's about how rigid classical music "purists" are.

    She sang 10 minutes before the start of the game, BTW.    Had ZIP to do with the game.  

     

     
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    Re: Renee Fleming brings opera power to the opening to the Super Bowl

    In response to yogafriend's comment:
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    The National Anthem was not newsworthy today. 

    I posted this on January 22nd.

    It is about the classical music world's response to hearing that Renee Fleming would appear at the Super Bowl.

    The story has to do with a classical artist appearing in a non-traditional venue; that's what made this interesting.   It's about how rigid classical music "purists" are.

    She sang 10 minutes before the start of the game, BTW.    Had ZIP to do with the game.  

     

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    Sorry.

    Obviously, I didn't look at the date.

    It appears the game is having less and less to do with Super Bowl Sunday than the entertainment surrounding it.

    I wonder if this would be an introduction to classical music for all those "Rock Stars" at the Super Bowl?

    That would be something good that might come of all the nonsense.

     
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    In response to ZILLAGOD's comment:
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    In response to yogafriend's comment:
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    The National Anthem was not newsworthy today. 

    I posted this on January 22nd.

    It is about the classical music world's response to hearing that Renee Fleming would appear at the Super Bowl.

    The story has to do with a classical artist appearing in a non-traditional venue; that's what made this interesting.   It's about how rigid classical music "purists" are.

    She sang 10 minutes before the start of the game, BTW.    Had ZIP to do with the game.  

     

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    Sorry.

    Obviously, I didn't look at the date.

    It appears the game is having less and less to do with Super Bowl Sunday than the entertainment surrounding it.

    I wonder if this would be an introduction to classical music for all those "Rock Stars" at the Super Bowl?

    That would be something good that might come of all the nonsense.

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    NAIL / HEAD.  

    RE: being introduced to Renee Fleming via the Super Bowl / National Anthem -- OF COURSE, that's part of the irony of classical music snobbery -- classical music intimidates some people, and is lacking visibility so that a new (read: younger) audience can form -- so here's a chance to make that happen.  Instead, classical music purists think it's a form of "selling out" and need to get over themselves. 

    I'm sure Renee Fleming made an impression, at least on a few people.  Classical music snobs can't handle the truth.  Cool. Use left and right arrows to navigate.

     

     
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    Re: Renee Fleming brings opera power to the opening to the Super Bowl

    Luciano Pavarotti got all bent out of shape when opera diva Montserrat Caballe did a duet album with Freddie Mercury.....after the album became a hit, including the song Barcelona which was used during the Olympic ceremony when the olympics where held in Barcelona, Pavarotti went on to do this............

     

     

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