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Opera Star Renee Fleming And Pop Star Bruno Mars Set To Perform At Super Bowl Sunday


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As I write this article, I am enjoying a performance of Phillip Phillips as he sings an excellent live version of his mega hit, Gone, Gone, Gone at the Super Bowl Pre-Show. And he does very well indeed. I can’t get enough of this song!

However, as a classical artist, I am intrigued to hear opera star, Renee Fleming, perform the Star Spangled Banner at the top of the game. Apparently, she will be singing live and unedited and backed by a choir, so I wish her well.

This is a break from tradition by the Super Bowl, where, normally, a pop star is secured to serenade the United States anthem.

And then, at half-time, the great Bruno Mars, who, by increments, is developing into the new age Billy Joel, will take to the stage.

And I cannot – CANNOT – wait! I really love this artist – his business and artistic sense really resonates with me and every ounce of success he has achieved thus far is well-deserved. He is a unique, savvy artist and his compositions are stellar.

So, Happy Super Bowl Sunday everyone, I hope you enjoy the spectacle – because it really is one – but in a great way! Time to get together with the fam- jam and celebrate.

Comments are open. Come on in!!

About Masterclass Lady

Rosanne (Giallonardo) Simunovic began her musical career in Timmins, Ontario. She studied piano with Anne Pizzale and later, at an advanced level, with Soeur Anita Vaugeois (Sister Cecile of Les Soeurs De L’Assomption in Timmins). Her vocal and accompaniment skills were nurtured by her aunt, the late Dorothea Mascioli. When Rosanne graduated from O’Gorman High School, she moved on to the University of Toronto where she continued her piano and vocal studies while attaining a Bachelor of Arts Degree. She was hired as a piano accompanist for several musical companies, most notably, the National Ballet Of Canada. She presently holds an A.R.C.T. Teacher’s Diploma in Voice from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. Rosanne has studied choral conducting with numerous well known Canadian Conductors, including Wayne Riddell of Montreal, Quebec and the internationally renowned Dr. Elmer Iseler. She has been a founding member of numerous community-based arts organizations: the Timmins Arts Council, later known as Arts & Culture Timmins, the Timmins Symphony Orchestra, and, the Timmins Youth Singers…as well as the TYS Alumnus choir, the Timmins Concert Singers. In 1987, she was also selected to be the conductor of the Timmins Board Of Education Choir, comprised of talented students from Grades 5 to 8. In 1988, she was elected to the Board Of Directors of the Ontario Choral Federation (now known as Choirs Ontario), where she served as Chair of the Festivals Committee for six consecutive seasons. In 1996, in honour of the Ontario Choral Federation’s 25th Anniversary, Rosanne was selected as one of 25 recipients of the OCF’s Distinguished Service Award for outstanding contribution to the choral art. The ceremony was presided by Lieutenant Governor, Hal Jackman. In November 1997, Rosanne Simunovic was selected by the Rotary Club Of Timmins to receive the prestigious Paul Harris Award for her years of dedication to the artistic development of young musical talent in Timmins. In August of 2002, Rosanne Simunovic was selected by the Board Of Directors of Choirs Ontario to serve as Conductor of both the Provincial Junior and Teen Choir Camps, now renamed in honour of the Camp Benefactors, Don and Lillian Wright. In November 2002, Rosanne was the one of the recipients of the Commemorative Medal for the Golden Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II, honouring her work in the development of the arts in Timmins. Under Rosanne Simunovic’s direction, the Timmins Youth Singers and the Timmins Concert Singers have been featured in numerous choral festivals and performing opportunities outside of Timmins. In 1985, they were selected to partici

9 Responses to “Opera Star Renee Fleming And Pop Star Bruno Mars Set To Perform At Super Bowl Sunday”

  1. I just listened to Renee Fleming sing The Stars Spangled Banner on the internet and all I can say is “Wow”!!!

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  2. Wasn’t she spectacular? I just loved it. And she looked so beautiful and relaxed.

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  3. Bruno was Awesome…what a performer! He’s got the James Brown moves; what a beautiful young man!

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  4. Yes. I didn’t clue in to the James Browns moves. I thought it was pure Bruno. I just love him!!!!!

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  5. Sadly, I was monitoring the browning of the beef stew meat and missed most of Bruno Mars. Note that at this time, the stew is stewing and is still not done. The carrots have not cooked through. The natives are restless …

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  6. MCL…James Brown

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  7. Jessica, did you get a chance to view Bruno’s performance? He did a terrific job with his band. I wasn’t as impressed with the RHCP. I agree MCL, Renee’s National Anthem was flawless. Too bad Queen Latifa was lip synching, “America the Beautiful.”

    Vonnie, that’s a cool clip of James Brown. I understand they are doing a film on his life starring the young man who played Jackie Robinson in ’42. It was an enjoyable half-time performance.

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  8. Hi Kariann,

    I liked that video too! Amazing how Bruno has the moves he has, he is such a throw back, I just love him!

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  9. Loved it. It’s wonderful that they started inviting opera singers to perform at the sports events. It’s been way too long.

    MC – weren’t you also intrigued by Netrebko’s singing at the Olympics opening?

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