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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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More Arias, Duets and Ensembles performed by Kathleen Battle

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Nr.Title scenePopularityOperaComposerActTypeVoicesLang.Roles
1Gente all armi all armi Popularity:

Opera: Nozze di Figaro, LeComposer: MozartAct: 4.15-1

Type: ensemble,septet,finaleVoice: Br S S B-Br Mz S BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Count/Rosina/Susanna/Figaro/Cherubino/Marcellina/Bartolo/Basilio
2Pace mio dolce tesoro Popularity:

Opera: Nozze di Figaro, LeComposer: MozartAct: 4.14

Type: recitativeVoice: Br S B-BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Count/Susanna/Figaro
3Partito e alfin l'audace Popularity:

Opera: Nozze di Figaro, LeComposer: MozartAct: 4.13

Type: recitativeVoice: Br S B-Br SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Count/Rosina/Figaro/Susanna
4Perfida! e in quella forma meco mentia Popularity:

Opera: Nozze di Figaro, LeComposer: MozartAct: 4.11

Type: recitativeVoice: B-Br Mz SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Figaro/Cherubino/Rosina
5Deh! vieni non tardar Popularity:

Opera: Nozze di Figaro, LeComposer: MozartAct: 4.10

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Susanna
6Giunse alfin il momento Popularity:

Opera: Nozze di Figaro, LeComposer: MozartAct: 4.09

Type: recitativeVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Susanna
7Signora ella mi disse che Figaro Popularity:

Opera: Nozze di Figaro, LeComposer: MozartAct: 4.08

Type: recitativeVoice: S S S B-BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Susanna/Marcellina/Rosina/Figaro
8Amour ranime mon courage Popularity:

Opera: Romeo et JulietteComposer: GounodAct: 4.05-2

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: French

Roles: Juliette
9Nel padiglione a manca Popularity:

Opera: Nozze di Figaro, LeComposer: MozartAct: 4.04

Type: quartet,recitativeVoice: S B-Br T BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Barbarina/Figaro/Basilio/Bartolo
10Il capro e la capretta Popularity:

Opera: Nozze di Figaro, LeComposer: MozartAct: 4.03

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Marcellina
11Barbarina cos hai Popularity:

Opera: Nozze di Figaro, LeComposer: MozartAct: 4.02

Type: recitativeVoice: B-Br S SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Figaro/Barbarina/Marcellina
12Nuit d'hyménée Popularity:

Opera: Romeo et JulietteComposer: GounodAct: 4.01-2

Type: duetVoice: T SLanguage: French

Roles: Roméo/Juliette
13Va je t'ai pardonn? Popularity:

Opera: Romeo et JulietteComposer: GounodAct: 4.01-1

Type: duetVoice: T SLanguage: French

Roles: Roméo/Juliette
14L'ho perduta me meschina Popularity:

Opera: Nozze di Figaro, LeComposer: MozartAct: 4.01

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Barbarina
15Ecco la marcia andiamo Popularity:

Opera: Nozze di Figaro, LeComposer: MozartAct: 3.18

Type: recitativeVoice: S Br SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Susanna/Count/Rosina
16Ah! perche qui fuggite Popularity:

Opera: Ballo in maschera, UnComposer: VerdiAct: 3.17-2

Type: trioVoice: S T BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Amelia/Riccardo/Renato
17Piegato e il foglio Popularity:

Opera: Nozze di Figaro, LeComposer: MozartAct: 3.15

Type: recitativeVoice: S SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Susanna/Rosina
18Che soave zeffiretto Popularity:

Opera: Nozze di Figaro, LeComposer: MozartAct: 3.14-2

Type: duetVoice: S SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Susanna/Rosina
19Fervono amori e danze 1 Popularity:

Opera: Ballo in maschera, UnComposer: VerdiAct: 3.14-1

Type: quartet,choirVoice: B B Br SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Samuel/Tom/Renato/Oscar
20Sull aria Popularity:

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

Type: duetVoice: S SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Susanna/Rosina
21Cosa mi narri? Popularity:

Opera: Nozze di Figaro, LeComposer: MozartAct: 3.13

Type: recitativeVoice: S SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Rosina/Susanna
22Ah! dessa e la Popularity:

Opera: Ballo in maschera, UnComposer: VerdiAct: 3.13

Type: duetVoice: T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Riccardo/Oscar
23Dove sono i bei momenti Popularity:

Opera: Nozze di Figaro, LeComposer: MozartAct: 3.11

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Rosina
24E Susanna non vien.. Popularity:

Opera: Nozze di Figaro, LeComposer: MozartAct: 3.10

Type: recitativeVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Rosina
25Nie werd ich deine Huld verkennen Popularity:

Opera: Entführung aus dem Serail, DieComposer: MozartAct: 3.10

Type: quintetVoice: T S T S BLanguage: German

Roles: Belmonte/Konstanze/Pedrillo/Blonde/Osmin
26Andiam andiam bel paggio Popularity:

Opera: Nozze di Figaro, LeComposer: MozartAct: 3.09

Type: recitativeVoice: S MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Barbarina/Cherubino
27Obeissons quand leur voix appelle Popularity:

Opera: ManonComposer: MassenetAct: 3.09

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: French

Roles: Manon
28Sul fil d'un soffio etesio Popularity:

Opera: FalstaffComposer: VerdiAct: 3.09

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Nannetta
29Eccovi oh caro amico Popularity:

Opera: Nozze di Figaro, LeComposer: MozartAct: 3.08

Type: recitativeVoice: S B S B-BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Marcellina/Bartolo/Susanna/Figaro
30Je marche sur tous les chemins Popularity:

Opera: ManonComposer: MassenetAct: 3.08

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: French

Roles: Manon
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