Something strange and wonderful has happened in the world of opera. The Kansas City Royals have reached Game 7 of the World Series. Aside from the fact that the last time the Royals were in the World Series was the last time I ever watched one with my grandfather Froehlich, something amazing has occurred. Opera fans the world over are rejoicing, literally. Metropolitan Opera mega-star mezzo, Kansas City native, and baseball fan and honorary Barihunk, Joyce DiDonato has finally won the war of nerves. Tomorrow, she will be singing the national anthem. Trust me, it will be far superior to the insanity that took place in San Francisco the other night.
“…For Tuesday’s game, MLB has invited members of the symphony to perform “The Star-Spangled Banner” before the game at Kauffman Stadium. The first pitch is slated for 7:07 p.m. DiDonato will sing the anthem on Wednesday night if the Royals win and force a Game 7. The news follows an uneven and much-criticized performance by singer Aaron Lewis on Sunday in San Francisco, for which he apologized later….”
Once upon a time, it was common and expected for the operatic greats to do the World Series. There is a long tradition of opera and baseball
Let’s face it, baseball is always a class act.
You won’t see this with football.
We will end with one of the greatest moments in opera.