When soprano Renée Fleming takes to
But the accompaniment will be a recording, not a live orchestral performance.
The New Jersey Symphony confirmed Wednesday that it will provide a recording of "The Star-Spangled Banner" that will play as Fleming performs before the game. The soprano also will be joined by a 32-voice group from military choruses and choirs, according to a Wednesday report in the
Fleming will sing an arrangement by Rob Mathes, according to the report. The soprano will be the first opera singer to perform the national anthem at the Super Bowl, which has traditionally relied on pop stars, like Alicia Keys last year.
Fleming, who is performing Dvorak's "Rusalka" at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, has sung at many notable national events, including a ceremony for the inauguration of President
This year marks the 200th anniversary of the poem that serves as the basis of "The Star-Spangled Banner."