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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
1Alla bella Despinetta Popularity:

Opera: Cosi Fan TutteComposer: MozartAct: 1.26

Type: sextetVoice: B Br T S Mz SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Alfonso/Guglielmo/Ferrando/Despina/Dorabella/Fiordiligi
2Mio signore mio marito Popularity:

Opera: Italiana in Algeri, L'Composer: RossiniAct: 2.25

Type: septet,finaleVoice: S Mz B B B cA TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Elvira/Zulma/Haly/Mustafà/Taddeo/Isabella/Lindoro
3La mano a me date Popularity:

Opera: Cosi Fan TutteComposer: MozartAct: 2.07

Type: quartetVoice: B S T BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Alfonso/Despina/Ferrando/Guglielmo
4Contro un cor che accende amore Popularity:

Opera: Barbiere di Siviglia, IlComposer: RossiniAct: 2.05-1

Type: duetVoice: cA/Mz TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Rosina/Count
5Dunque quello sei tu Popularity:

Opera: Don GiovanniComposer: MozartAct: 2.10-1

Type: recitativeVoice: S S T BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Zerlina/Elvira/Ottavio/Masetto
6Ah! dessa e la Popularity:

Opera: Ballo in maschera, UnComposer: VerdiAct: 3.13

Type: duetVoice: T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Riccardo/Oscar
7Giunse alfin il momento Popularity:

Opera: Nozze di Figaro, LeComposer: MozartAct: 4.09

Type: recitativeVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Susanna
8Una tenera occhiatina Popularity:

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

Type: duetVoice: S BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Adina/Dulcamara
9Eccovi 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
10Masetto senti un po Popularity:

Opera: Don GiovanniComposer: MozartAct: 1.21

Type: recitativeVoice: S BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Zerlina/Masetto
11Sola 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
12Pace mio dolce tesoro Popularity:

Opera: Nozze di Figaro, LeComposer: MozartAct: 4.14

Type: recitativeVoice: Br S B-BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Count/Susanna/Figaro
13Che silenzio che aspetto Popularity:

Opera: Cosi Fan TutteComposer: MozartAct: 1.25

Type: recitativeVoice: B SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Alfonso/Despina
14Non pianger mia compagna Popularity:

Opera: Don CarloComposer: VerdiAct: 1.12

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Elisabeth
15Perfida! 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
16Sei tu sei tu bell adorata Popularity:

Opera: Don CarloComposer: VerdiAct: 2.03-1

Type: recitativeVoice: T MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Carlo/Eboli
17Ah voi condur volete Popularity:

Opera: Signor Bruschino, IlComposer: RossiniAct: 1.10

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Sofia
18Benedette queste carte Popularity:

Opera: Elisir d'amore, L'Composer: DonizettiAct: 1.04

Type: recitativeVoice: S S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Adina/Giannetta/Nemorino
19In uomini in soldati Popularity:

Opera: Cosi Fan TutteComposer: MozartAct: 1.24

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Despina
20Tutto ancor non ho perso Popularity:

Opera: Nozze di Figaro, LeComposer: MozartAct: 1.09

Type: recitativeVoice: S SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Marcellina/Susanna
21La Regina! Popularity:

Opera: Don CarloComposer: VerdiAct: 1.08-1

Type: recitativeVoice: Mz S S BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Eboli/Elisabeth/Thibault/Rodrigue
22Quanto duolmi Susanna Popularity:

Opera: Nozze di Figaro, LeComposer: MozartAct: 2.03

Type: recitativeVoice: S S MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Susanna/Rosina/Cherubino
23Condotta ell'era in ceppi Popularity:

Opera: Trovatore, IlComposer: VerdiAct: 2.05

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Azucena
24Signori di fuori son gia Popularity:

Opera: Nozze di Figaro, LeComposer: MozartAct: 2.15

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

Roles: Figaro/Count/Rosina/Susanna
25Cosa sento! Tosto andate Popularity:

Opera: Nozze di Figaro, LeComposer: MozartAct: 1.14

Type: trioVoice: Br S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Count/Susanna/Basilio
26Stelle per carita Popularity:

Opera: Cosi Fan TutteComposer: MozartAct: 1.10

Type: recitativeVoice: B S MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Alfonso/Fiordiligi/Dorabella
27Barbarina cos hai Popularity:

Opera: Nozze di Figaro, LeComposer: MozartAct: 4.02

Type: recitativeVoice: B-Br S SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Figaro/Barbarina/Marcellina
28Bravo che bella voce! Popularity:

Opera: Nozze di Figaro, LeComposer: MozartAct: 2.05

Type: recitativeVoice: S S MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Rosina/Susanna/Cherubino
29Ho la testa o e andata via Popularity:

Opera: Signor Bruschino, IlComposer: RossiniAct: 1.13

Type: trioVoice: B S BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Bruschino sr/Sofia/Gaudenzio
30Vedrai carino Popularity:

Opera: Don GiovanniComposer: MozartAct: 2.07-3

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Zerlina
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