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First Opera Singer to Sing at the Super Bowl

Wednesday April 2, 2014
National Medal of Arts Recepient 2012

Whether you are a wedding singer, a choral singer, an opera star, or an unintelligible rock band singer, memorizing your music will both improve your performance and the joy you feel when you sing. Renée Fleming is a great example of a successful singer. Her ability to memorize, perform, and record vast amounts of challenging music has not only won her a place in opera stardom, but among popular culture as well. Her most recent claim to fame was her performance of the national anthem on Feb. 2, 2014's Super Bowl game. It's the first time an opera singer has ever even been invited to sing at the Super Bowl. What an accomplishment! Thanks Renée for once again exposing the general public to great operatic singing and for exemplifying to the rest of the world of singers what a lot of memorizing and performing leads to.

Can anyone guess the length of Renée Fleming's repertoire list (P.S. I don't have an exact number)?

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What Makes Your Favorite Singer Special?

Monday March 31, 2014
New York City Opera

I just finished up a fantastic Broadway concert with some talented soloists and choristers this weekend. Singers are not known for counting, and I noticed the conductor of the orchestra struggling to set a consistent tempo during solos. Why? The singers weren't singing right on the beat. Complicated as it may seem, singers have to place consonants before the beat or else they sound behind. The conductor ended up just setting a tempo, for the most part, and the singers followed; the end result was a fun and exciting concert. Performers have a lot of weaknesses: wide vibratos in opera, less than clear diction, memorization flaws, and in the case of some pop stars a general lack of vocal technique. But, famous singers of all genres always have one thing in common: they sing on the beat.

Who is your favorite singer and why? What makes them special?

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Trivia Tuesday -- Guess the American DJ

Tuesday March 18, 2014
What past warlord of one of the biggest gangs in New York City changed his tune by using music to fight violence?

Trivia Tuesday -- Guess the Singer

Tuesday March 4, 2014
What classically trained singer became famous for her versions of spirituals and folk music, received the "Visionary Award," at the Kennedy Center, in 2005 the "Living Legend Award," from the Library of Congress, and in 2007 the "Traditional Folk Artist of the Year," awarded by the International Folk Alliance? The poet Maya Angelou said of the famous contralto, "If only one could be sure that every 50 years a voice and a soul like (blank's) would come along, the centuries would pass so quickly and painlessly we would hardly recognize time."

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