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President Obama, First Family, Attend National Christmas Tree Lighting

WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 06: Singer Renée Fleming (R) and violinist Joshua Bell (L) perform during the National Christmas Tree lighting ceremony at the Ellipse December 6, 2013 in Washington, DC. U.S. President Barack Obama and his family were joined by entertainers at the annual event to celebrate the holiday season. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Opera singer set to perform at Super Bowl

Yahoo SportsJanuary 21, 2014

The Super Bowl will have a touch of the classical this year: Opera star Renee Fleming will sing the national anthem.

The four-time Grammy winner will perform before the Denver Broncos and the Seattle Seahawks play at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., on Feb 2. Fleming is the first opera star to sing the national anthem at the Super Bowl. In recent years, it has been performed mainly by a mix of pop and country stars.

Known as "The People's Diva," the soprano is closely identified with the New York City region, having spent years singing on such iconic stages as Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall. Last year, she received the National Medal of Arts, the highest honor the government gives to artists.
— Associated Press