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 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) WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 10: U.S. President Barack Obama (C) presents a 2012 National Medal of Arts to Renee Fleming (L) for her contributions to American music, during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House on July 10, 2013 in Washington, DC. Fleming has captivated audiences around the world with a repertoire spanning opera, classical, jazz and contemporary pop. (Photo by Pete Marovich/Getty Images) NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 09: Renee Fleming and Natalie Portman attend a private reception hosted by Vacheron Constantin and AFPOB to Honor Benjamin Millepied's appointment as Director of the Paris Opera Ballet on September 9, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Craig Barritt/Getty Images for Vacheron Constantin) NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 12: (2nd from L- R) Singer Renee Fleming, actress Christine Baranski, guest, tv personality Olivia Palermo, Jada Pinkett Smith, model Chrissy Teigen, singer John Legend, and Rachel Roy attend the Vera Wang Fall 2013 fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at The Stage at Lincoln Center on February 12, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week) NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 03: Renee Fleming and Josh Groban attend the NY Premiere of HBO's "Wynton Marsalis: A Youngarts Masterclass" at Museum of Modern Art on September 3, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for HBO) NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 22: Soprano Renée Fleming attends the 30th anniversary Princess Grace awards gala at Cipriani 42nd Street on October 22, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images) This March 14, 2013 publicity photo provided by Carnegie Hall shows Renée Fleming, Soprano as Blanche DuBois, in a scene from Andre Previn's, "A Streetcar Named Desire," in the Stern Auditorium, at Carnegie Hall in New York. (AP Photo/Carnegie Hall, Richard Termine) NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 03: Opera Singer Renée Fleming and Montblanc Director PR International and Cultural Affairs, Ingrid Roosen-Trinks attend The Lang Lang International Music Foundation Inaugural Gala supported by Montblanc at 10 on The Park on June 3, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for Montblanc) NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 07: Opera singer Renee Fleming attends She's Making Media: Renee Fleming at The Paley Center for Media on October 7, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Charles Norfleet/Getty Images) BEVERLY HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 04: Singer Renee Fleming arrives at Variety's 5th Annual Power of Women event presented by Lifetime at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on October 4, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images for Variety) World-famous cellist Yo-Yo Ma, left, and famed soprano Renee Fleming speak as they performed with a choir of dozens of high school students in the rotunda of the State of Illinois building, the James R. Thompson Center, Monday, March 19, 2012, in Chicago. At right is Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn. The Monday afternoon performance was to promote the Chicago Symphony Orchestra's Citizen Musician initiative. The Lyric Opera of Chicago also sponsored the event and Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn attended. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato) NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 22: Soprano Renée Fleming attends the 30th anniversary Princess Grace awards gala at Cipriani 42nd Street on October 22, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)