Take her out to the ballgame, baby. Joyce DiDonato has been asked to sing the national anthem at Game 7 of the World Series, if there is one. And she is stoked.
The international opera star from Prairie Village posted a boisterous thank-you message to her fans on YouTube Monday night.
Just hours before, MLB announced that it had asked DiDonato to perform the anthem on Wednesday if a seventh game is needed.
The Kansas City Symphony, led by Michael Stern, will perform the anthem on Tuesday night at the K.
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“So there’s really only one thing to say at this point, and that is, take me out to the ballgame,” DiDonato says in the video before throwing her arms up in the air and bursting into song with that glorious voice of hers.
“Take me out to the CROWD .... woo!”
“Do you guys realize what happened?” she says, clearly delighted.
Yes, we do. Opera fans everywhere and DiDonato supporters in Kansas City started a petition asking MLB to have DiDonato sing before one of the games.
DiDonato credits her friend, Beth Munce, @bethmunce, with making it all happen. Munce started the #LetJoyceSing campaign on Twitter and Facebook, generating media coverage from national and international news outlets.
“This has been such a fun thing for me,” DiDonato said by email late Monday night. “I just love that the sports and arts community will converge in magnificent fashion on the world’s stage. I’ve never seen Kansas City in better form.”
In the video, a grateful DiDonato called her supporters “boisterous, fabulous and passionate.”
And for her “boys in blue,” she had a special message.
“I’d be migthy obliged if you won and we had to do Game 7 in Kansas City!”