Push for Prairie Village native, Miege grad Joyce DiDonato to sing World Series anthem gains steam

Joyce DiDonato (center) with her sister, Amy Hetherington (L) and St. Ann’s principal Becky Akright after a mini-concert at St. Ann’s in 2013.
Joyce DiDonato (center) with her sister, Amy Hetherington (L) and St. Ann’s principal Becky Akright after a mini-concert at St. Ann’s in 2013.

Major League Baseball is famously tight-lipped about who will sing the national anthem at World Series games. But if the organizers in baseball’s New York offices have been paying attention to the buzz in Kansas City (or if they’ve ever attended the Met…), Prairie Village native, St. Ann- and Bishop Miege-grad, and world-famous opera star Joyce DiDonato may get tapped for the honor.

A Chicago woman last week started an online petition lobbying MLB to have DiDonato sing one of the games in Kansas City. As of this morning, it had received just shy of 3,000 signatures.

DiDonato herself got behind that petition, asking her Facebook fans to sign on, saying she was “proud to be shameless about this one”:

All right my fab Facebookers! Someone has just started this petition, and I, for one, took about .09 seconds to sign it!! Would you also do the honors?!?! In case anyone here doesn’t realize, KANSAS CITY is my hometown, where I am still based, and where I grew up listening to Denny Matthews announce all our games on the radio. (Yes, the radio!) I’ve been an ardent fan for as long as I can remember, and I have NEVER been more proud of my team and my city … with that in mind, please sign away and spread the word! I’m proud to be shameless about this one!! CHEERS and GO ROYALS!

And an online poll by the Kansas City Star finds that DiDonato was far-and-away the metro favorite to belt out the Star Spangled Banner.