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Watch The First Opera Star In Super Bowl History Sing The National Anthem

World-famous soprano Renee Fleming sang “The Star-Spangled Banner” live and proved why opera singers are the world’s original divas.

1. World-famous opera singer Renée Fleming became the first opera singer in Super Bowl history to sing the National Anthem before the game’s kickoff. (Spoiler Alert: She absolutely killed it.)

2. Fleming was accompanied by the New Jersey Symphony and 32 military singers from all the service branches.

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3. The 53 year-old opera singer has performed for Queen Elizabeth as well as U.S. presidents and received the National Medal of Arts, the highest honor the government gives to artists, in 2012.

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4. Unlike past singers, Fleming made it very clear that she would not be using a pre-recorded track . “I wouldn’t know how to lip-sync if you paid me,” she said in an interview Thursday. “It would be a disaster. I only know how to sing live.”

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5. Opera singers and opera houses across the country cheered for the groundbreaking performance.

Congratulations @reneesmusings! #OperaBowl

— Metropolitan Opera (@MetOpera)

That was just beautiful! And THAT is how you sing the National Anthem! #SB48 @reneesmusings

— LA Opera (@LAOpera)

8. Stay flawless, Queen Renée.

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