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Kathleen Battle

Singer details:

Voice: Soprano
Nationality: American
Year of Birth: 1948

About Kathleen Battle:

Kathleen Deanna Battle (born August 13, 1948) is an American operatic soprano known for her distinctive vocal range and tone. Born in Portsmouth, Ohio, Battle initially became known for her work within the concert repertoire through performances with major orchestras during the early and mid-1970s. She made her opera debut in 1975. Battle expanded her repertoire into lyric soprano and coloratura soprano roles during the 1980s and early 1990s until her eventual dismissal from the Metropolitan Opera in 1994. After a 22-year absence from the Met, Battle performed a concert of spirituals at the Metropolitan Opera House in November 2016.

Battle was born in Portsmouth, Ohio, US, the youngest of seven children. Her father was a steelworker, and her mother was an active participant in the gospel music of the family's African Methodist Episcopal church. Battle attended Portsmouth High School where her music teacher and mentor was Charles P. (Phil) Varney. In a 1985 Time Magazine interview, Varney recalled the first time he heard the eight-year-old Battle sing, describing her as "this tiny little thing singing so beautifully." "I went to her later", Varney recalled, "and told her God had blessed her, and she must always sing." In that same interview, music critic Michael Walsh described Battle as "the best lyric coloratura in the world".

Battle was awarded a scholarship to the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music where she studied voice with Franklin Bens and also worked with Italo Tajo. She majored in music education, and proceeded to a master's degree in Music Education. In 1971 she began a teaching career at an inner-city public school in Cincinnati, continuing to study voice privately while teaching 5th and 6th grade music. Later, she studied singing with Daniel Ferro in New York.

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Nr.Title scenePopularityOperaComposerActTypeVoicesLang.Roles
1Willow Song Popularity:

Opera: Ballad of Baby Doe, TheComposer: MooreAct:

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: English

Roles:
2Welche Wonne welche Lust Popularity:

Opera: Entführung aus dem Serail, DieComposer: MozartAct: 2.11

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: German

Roles: Blonde
3Volta la terrea Popularity:

Opera: Ballo in maschera, UnComposer: VerdiAct: 1.08-1

Type: aria,duetVoice: S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Oscar/Riccardo
4Vo' far guerra Popularity:

Opera: RinaldoComposer: HandelAct: 2

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Armida
5Vedrai carino Popularity:

Opera: Don GiovanniComposer: MozartAct: 2.07-3

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Zerlina
6Va je t'ai pardonn? Popularity:

Opera: Romeo et JulietteComposer: GounodAct: 4.01-1

Type: duetVoice: T SLanguage: French

Roles: Roméo/Juliette
7V'adoro pupille Popularity:

Opera: Giulio CesareComposer: HandelAct: 2.03

Type: aria,recitativeVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Cleopatra/Cesare/Nireno
8Uno stupido uno stolto Popularity:

Opera: Italiana in Algeri, L'Composer: RossiniAct: 2.01

Type: recitative,choirVoice: S Mz BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Elvira/Zulma/Haly
9Una voce poco fa Popularity:

Opera: Barbiere di Siviglia, IlComposer: RossiniAct: 1.12-1

Type: ariaVoice: contralto or mezzoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Rosina
10Una tenera occhiatina Popularity:

Opera: Elisir d'amore, L'Composer: DonizettiAct: 2.11

Type: duetVoice: S BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Adina/Dulcamara
11Una parola o Adina Popularity:

Opera: Elisir d'amore, L'Composer: DonizettiAct: 1.09

Type: recitativeVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles:
12Una donna a quindici anni Popularity:

Opera: Cosi Fan TutteComposer: MozartAct: 2.02

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Despina
13Traurigkeit ward mir zum Lose Popularity:

Opera: Entführung aus dem Serail, DieComposer: MozartAct: 2.06

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: German

Roles: Konstanze
14Tra quest arbori celata Popularity:

Opera: Don GiovanniComposer: MozartAct: 1.26

Type: recitativeVoice: S Br BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Zerlina/Giovanni/Masetto
15Tonight Popularity:

Opera: West Side StoryComposer: BernsteinAct:

Type: Voice: tenorLanguage: English

Roles:
16The Black Swan Popularity:

Opera: Medium, TheComposer: MenottiAct:

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: English

Roles:
17Sull aria Popularity:

Opera: Nozze di Figaro, LeComposer: MozartAct: 3.14-1

Type: duetVoice: S SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Susanna/Rosina
18Sul fil d'un soffio etesio Popularity:

Opera: FalstaffComposer: VerdiAct: 3.09

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Nannetta
19Stelle per carita Popularity:

Opera: Cosi Fan TutteComposer: MozartAct: 1.10

Type: recitativeVoice: B S MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Alfonso/Fiordiligi/Dorabella
20Sorella cosa dici? Popularity:

Opera: Cosi Fan TutteComposer: MozartAct: 2.03

Type: recitativeVoice: Mz SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Dorabella/Fiordiligi
21Sola sola in buio loco Popularity:

Opera: Don GiovanniComposer: MozartAct: 2.08

Type: sextetVoice: B S S T S BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Leporello/Elvira/Anna/Ottavio/Zerlina/Masetto
22So anch'io la virtu magica Popularity:

Opera: Don PasqualeComposer: DonizettiAct: 1.13

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Norina
23Signori oggi d'Ulrica Popularity:

Opera: Ballo in maschera, UnComposer: VerdiAct: 1.08-2

Type: quintetVoice: T S Br B BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Riccardo/Oscar/Renato/Samuel/Tom
24Signora Dorabella Popularity:

Opera: Cosi Fan TutteComposer: MozartAct: 1.23

Type: recitativeVoice: Mz SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Dorabella/Despina
25Signor sargente Popularity:

Opera: Elisir d'amore, L'Composer: DonizettiAct: 1.18

Type: recitativeVoice: S Br TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Giannetta/Belcore/Nemorino
26Serenate il mesto ciglio Popularity:

Opera: Italiana in Algeri, L'Composer: RossiniAct: 1.02

Type: recitative,choirVoice: S Mz BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Elvira/Zulma/Haly
27Sento o Dio che questo piede Popularity:

Opera: Cosi Fan TutteComposer: MozartAct: 1.11

Type: quintetVoice: T Br S Mz BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Ferrando/Guglielmo/Fiordiligi/Dorabella/Alfonso
28Sei tu sei tu bell adorata Popularity:

Opera: Don CarloComposer: VerdiAct: 2.03-1

Type: recitativeVoice: T MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Carlo/Eboli
29Se pieta di me non senti Popularity:

Opera: Giulio CesareComposer: HandelAct: 2.14

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Cleopatra
30Salut a la France Popularity:

Opera: Fille du régiment, LaComposer: DonizettiAct: 2

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: French

Roles: Marie
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