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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
1Pieta perdon per la rea che si pente Popularity:

Opera: Don CarloComposer: VerdiAct: 3.04

Type: recitativeVoice: Mz SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Eboli/Elisabeth
2Io vengo a domandar grazia alla Regina Popularity:

Opera: Don CarloComposer: VerdiAct: 1.10-1

Type: recitativeVoice: T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Carlo/Elisabeth
3Finisci il vaticinio Popularity:

Opera: Ballo in maschera, UnComposer: VerdiAct: 1.21

Type: septet,choir,finaleVoice: T Br S cA B B BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Riccardo/Renato/Oscar/Ulrica/Silvano/Samuel/Tom
4Ah! piu non vedro Popularity:

Opera: Don CarloComposer: VerdiAct: 3.05-1

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Eboli
5Ogni cura si doni al diletto Popularity:

Opera: Ballo in maschera, UnComposer: VerdiAct: 1.09

Type: quintetVoice: T Br S B BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Riccardo/Renato/Oscar/Samuel/Tom
6Giustizia giustizia Sire! Popularity:

Opera: Don CarloComposer: VerdiAct: 3.03-1

Type: recitativeVoice: S B Br MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Elisabeth/Philip II/Rodrigue/Eboli
7Pieta! che disse mai? Popularity:

Opera: Don CarloComposer: VerdiAct: 2.04-1

Type: recitativeVoice: T Br MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Carlo/Rodrigue/Eboli
8Fervono 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
9Canzone del velo Popularity:

Opera: Don CarloComposer: VerdiAct: 1.07-1

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: Italian

Roles:
10Il suon del corno alfin nel bosco Popularity:

Opera: Don CarloComposer: VerdiAct:

Type: recitativeVoice: T S SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Carlo/Thibault/Elisabeth
11Signori 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
12Volta la terrea Popularity:

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

Type: aria,duetVoice: S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Oscar/Riccardo
13Ah! perche qui fuggite Popularity:

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

Type: trioVoice: S T BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Amelia/Riccardo/Renato
14Sul fil d'un soffio etesio Popularity:

Opera: FalstaffComposer: VerdiAct: 3.09

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Nannetta
15Al mio pie perché Popularity:

Opera: Don CarloComposer: VerdiAct:

Type: recitativeVoice: T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Carlo/Elisabeth
16Nel posar sul mio capo Popularity:

Opera: Don CarloComposer: VerdiAct: 2.07

Type: recitative,choirVoice: B SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Philip II/Elisabeth
17Ah! dessa e la Popularity:

Opera: Ballo in maschera, UnComposer: VerdiAct: 3.13

Type: duetVoice: T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Riccardo/Oscar
18Non pianger mia compagna Popularity:

Opera: Don CarloComposer: VerdiAct: 1.12

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Elisabeth
19Sei tu sei tu bell adorata Popularity:

Opera: Don CarloComposer: VerdiAct: 2.03-1

Type: recitativeVoice: T MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Carlo/Eboli
20La Regina! Popularity:

Opera: Don CarloComposer: VerdiAct: 1.08-1

Type: recitativeVoice: Mz S S BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Eboli/Elisabeth/Thibault/Rodrigue
21Condotta ell'era in ceppi Popularity:

Opera: Trovatore, IlComposer: VerdiAct: 2.05

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Azucena
22Amici che mi chiedete Popularity:

Opera: Don CarloComposer: VerdiAct:

Type: recitative,choirVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Elisabeth
23Je suis Titania la blonde Popularity:

Opera: MignonComposer: ThomasAct: 2

Type: recitativeVoice: sopranoLanguage: French

Roles: Philine
24Willow Song Popularity:

Opera: Ballad of Baby Doe, TheComposer: MooreAct:

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: English

Roles:
25No word from Tom Popularity:

Opera: Rake's Progress, TheComposer: StravinskyAct: 1.19-1

Type: recitative,ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: English

Roles: Anne Trulove
26Ich danke Fraulein Popularity:

Opera: ArabellaComposer: StraussAct: 2

Type: duetVoice: S SLanguage: German

Roles: Arabella/Zdenka
27Hab mir's gelobt ihn lieb zu haben Popularity:

Opera: Rosenkavalier, DerComposer: StraussAct: 3

Type: trioVoice: S Mz SLanguage: German

Roles: Marschallin/Octavian/Sophie
28Hab mir's gelobt Popularity:

Opera: Rosenkavalier, DerComposer: StraussAct:

Type: Voice: Language: German

Roles:
29Mir ist die Ehre widerfahren Popularity:

Opera: Rosenkavalier, DerComposer: StraussAct: 2

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: German

Roles: Octavian
30Da geht er hin Popularity:

Opera: Rosenkavalier, DerComposer: StraussAct: 1

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: German

Roles: Marschallin
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