Renée Fleming, perhaps the biggest star in American opera, will sing the National Anthem at Super Bowl XLVIII.
Fleming, a soprano, has a long list of international credits and is a regular with the Metropolitan Opera, the country's most respected vocal company.
She is known for her wholesome looks and a voice that is versatile enough to to handle the most difficult works by Mozart, Strauss and Handel. She has enhanced her career and popularity by singing off the classical repertoire with the contemporary music of pop composers such as Leonard Cohen.
Fleming, 54, has won numerous accolades, including a 2013 Best Classical Vocal Solo Grammy Award for her album of 20th century French music titled "Poèmes." Last year, President Obama awarded her the National Medal of Arts.
Fleming's last appearance in Denver was March 10, 2012, when she sang with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra at Boettcher Concert Hall.
The Superbowl anthem is among the most visible gigs in music, and the job usually goes to current hitmakers. Past performers include Cher, Alicia Keys, Billy Joel, Diana Ross, Beyoncé Knowles and Christina Aguilera. Last year, 164 million people tuned in for the game.
The event is set for Feb. 2 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. The Denver Broncos will play the Seattle Seahawks.
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