Saturday, February 1, 2014

Tales Classical Weekend Super Bowl Special

Soprano Renee Fleming
On this Super Bowl weekend, Tales has found a connection to tie into its classical music weekend.  For the first time, the Super Bowl will have a professional opera singer to sing the National Anthem.  The beloved soprano, Renee Fleming, will be performing the National Anthem.  Mrs. Fleming was born in Pennsylvania and grew up in Rochester, NY.  This great American is truly one of the great sopranos of all time.  She is so loved by the American people she is sometimes referred to as the "people's diva."  I think there is a consensus that the greatest National Anthem performance at any Super Bowl was Whitney Houston's singing the National Anthem at Super Bowl XXV in 1991.  Many think that performance by Whitney Houston will never be matched.  I have agreed with that opinion, but just may have to change it after this Super Bowl.  One thing I can predict with certainty, Renee Fleming will not forget the words, as every now and then happens.  Her decades of operatic training will almost guarantee an awesome performance.

So, on this Super Bowl XLVIII, Tales brings you a classical weekend special.   We will feature soprano Renee Fleming in three great performances: 1. the aria "O Mio Babbino Caro" from Pucinni's opera, Gianni Schicchi; 2. Franz Schubert's "Ave Maria" [one of the most beautiful songs every written and one of my favorite songs]; and 3. in one of the greatest performances of all time, one that  will bring tears to your eyes, Renee Fleming sings "You'll Never Walk Alone" from Rogers and Hammerstein's musical "Carousel," at a concert to honor America on the one year anniversary of 9-11.

Then to bring back memories of the greatest, to date, singing of the National Anthem at a Super Bowl, Whitney Houston's performance from 1991.


G. Pucinni: "O' Mio Babbino Caro" aria from the opera Gianni Schicchi:



Franz Schubert: "Ave Maria":



Rogers and Hammerstein: "You'll Never Walk Alone" from the musical "Carousel":



The Star Spangled Banner sung by Whitney Houston at Super Bowl XXV:



2 comments:

Connie Bach said...

O Mio Babbino Caro! One of my favs! I was blasting this in the car today! Thanks you! Soon, Super bowl will open or even a half time with a full symphony playing the 5th or the 9th symphony by Beethoven! We can dream! Imagine that!

Big Mike said...

:-))) Yes, that would be cool Connie! thank you