When Jim Cornelison sings, the crowd goes wild. That's wild and loud -- super-loud, as in 122 eardrum-straining decibels loud. They hoot, they scream, they clap, they whistle. They get so loud, in fact, that the singer often can't even hear his own voice. Cornelison isn't a rock star. He's a Chicago real estate agent. But he's also an opera singer who spent a dozen years performing professionally in the United States and Europe. Nonetheless, it's not an aria from "Tosca" that sets off his audience. It's "The Star-Spangled Banner," which Cornelison belted out more than 40 times this past year on behalf of the Chicago Blackhawks hockey team. Cornelison, 45, is the official crooner of the National Anthem for home games of the team, which won the Stanley Cup about two weeks ago and sent much of the city, which is famously starved for athletic championships, into orbit over all things 'Hawks -- Cornelison included. Fans ask him to sign photos. A Blackhawk...
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