With the July 4th Independence Day holiday right around the corner, we picked 4 fabulous moments when opera singers (and a few others) got patriotic. Happy birthday, America!
1. The House I Live In
American bass and civil right leader Paul Robeson memorably recorded “The House I Live In” in 1947 (after none other than Frank Sinatra, in 1945).
2. God Bless America
Contralto Kate Smith, “The First Lady of Radio,” crooned to the country in the 1940s and was well-known for her patriotic sentiments, including this stunning rendition of Irving Berlin’s “God Bless America.”
3. America the Beautiful
International star soprano Leontyne Price wowed audiences and defied stereotypes for decades, so we can’t help but love her flawless performance of “America the Beautiful.” (P.S. If you can’t get enough of Leontyne, also check out her rendition of God Bless America, performed when she was in her mid-70s – unreal!)
4. The Star-Spangled Banner
What list would be complete without America’s Diva? The one and only Renée Fleming stepped onto America’s biggest stage at Super Bowl 48 and delivered a National Anthem to cheer!