WATCH: Joyce DiDonato Sings (and Falls) for World Series National Anthem at Royals vs. Giants Game 7 [VIDEO]
Finally, Major League Baseball (MLB) recognized mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato and her plea to perform at the World Series. A Prairie Village native, those who tuned in watched the singer's dream finally come true in the seventh game of the World Series.
DiDonato, a most celebrated opera singer, has been a longtime fan of the Kansas City Royals since her first time at a game in the late 1970s--a cherished memory from her childhood which recounts her father saving his money to take his children to a game at the ballpark.
An stounding performance, DiDonato sang the "Star-Spangled Banner" in her legendary operatic voice, which echoes Renee Fleming's Super Bowl performance--a rendition that was well-received by listeners of all stripes.
So she fell (whatever) but the nation's anthem resounded through Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City and struck a chord with ballplayers and attendees alike.
According to the Kansas City Star, the gig was a dream for the singer, who finally caught the attention of MLB higher ups with the hashtag #LetJoyceSing, a social media campaign on Twitter and Facebook.
Thankfully, a KansasCity.com poll showed that the people wanted to hear DiDonato sing on home turf for the final game.
Hopefully DiDonato's performance will yield a new operatic audience. As Jonas Kaufmann claimed, these performances are essential to appealing to new and uninformed fans.
Unfortunately, the Royals lost the seris to the San Francisco Giants 3-2 in the final game. But that shouldnt' take away from the singing.
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