Opera diva Renée Fleming belts out National Anthem: now 200 years old

The game itself wasn’t much. But along with the Budweiser “puppy love” commercial, American soprano Renée Fleming singing the National Anthem was a highlight of Super Bowl XLVIII.

This year marks the 200th-anniversary of the U.S. National Anthem. Francis Scott Key was so inspired by the scene of the bombardment of Fort McHenry from a vessel in 1814 that he composed a song that eventually became the National Anthem.

Known as “the people’s diva” and winner of the 2013 Grammy Award for Best Classical Vocal Solo, Fleming continues to grace the world’s greatest opera stages and concert halls, now extending her reach to include other musical forms and media.

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