By Janette Turner
Russell Wilson may be the Seahawks’ most valuable man, but there are other players and fans who give the team a winning advantage. Edmonds resident Marcus Shelton is not only a fan, he’s an opera singer whose version of the National Anthem is an annual feature at Century Link Field. Shelton recently gave us a glimpse into his performances, including his latest “oh say can you see” on Dec. 30 against the Rams.
My Edmonds News: How did you get chosen to sing the National Anthem for the Seahawks?
M.S.: This was my fifth time singing for the Seahawks. I have sung for the Mariners more times than I can remember at this point. In 2006, I was a member of the Seattle Opera young artist program. While there, the marketing director got me connected with the Mariners and the Seahawks. We have since established our own relationship. I have been very fortunate to do this for the past five seasons…and hopefully more!
My Edmonds News: What did you do to prepare?
M.S.: I don’t have a huge pre-singing ritual. But I do some stretching, vocal warm -ups, and some boxer-like activities before I sing – especially in front of a huge audience.
My Edmonds News: Please tell us about your experience there.
M.S.: It’s difficult to describe the mixture of nerves, excitement, nostalgia. I have been a Hawks fan my whole life. I went to games in the King Dome when I was a kid. It’s an enormous thrill and honor. I really hope I get to keep doing it every year!
For more information on Shelton’s upcoming performances, including roles as Edgardo in Skagit Opera’s production of Donizetti’s Lucia di Lamermoor and Bardolfo in Portland Opera‘s production of Verdi’s Falstaff, check out the Marcus Shelton website. And of course keep your eye on the Hawks as they make their way toward the Super Bowl.