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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
1Nur stille! stille! Popularity:

Opera: Zauberflöte, DieComposer: MozartAct: 2.32

Type: quintetVoice: T S S S MzLanguage: German

Roles: Monostatos/Queen/Three ladies
2Der hölle Rache Popularity:

Opera: Zauberflöte, DieComposer: MozartAct: 2.11

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: German

Roles: Queen
3Du feines Taubchen nur herein Popularity:

Opera: Zauberflöte, DieComposer: MozartAct: 1.13

Type: trioVoice: S T BrLanguage: German

Roles: Pamina/Monostatos/Papageno
4Ach ich fühl es ist verschwunden Popularity:

Opera: Zauberflöte, DieComposer: MozartAct: 2.17

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: German

Roles: Pamina
5Ruhe sanft mein holdes Leben Popularity:

Opera: Zaide (Das Serail)Composer: MozartAct: 1.03

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: German

Roles: Zaide
6Ombra mai fu Popularity:

Opera: Xerxes (Serse)Composer: HandelAct:

Type: ariaVoice: countertenor or mezzoLanguage: Italian

Roles:
7Tonight Popularity:

Opera: West Side StoryComposer: BernsteinAct:

Type: Voice: tenorLanguage: English

Roles:
8Du gai soleil plein de flamme Popularity:

Opera: WertherComposer: MassenetAct: 2.05-2

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: French

Roles: Sophie
9Condotta ell'era in ceppi Popularity:

Opera: Trovatore, IlComposer: VerdiAct: 2.05

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Azucena
10Gran Dio! Popularity:

Opera: TancrediComposer: RossiniAct: 2.02

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Amenaide
11Giusto Dio che umile adoro Popularity:

Opera: TancrediComposer: RossiniAct: 2.02

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Amenaide
12E tornato Filiberto Popularity:

Opera: Signor Bruschino, IlComposer: RossiniAct: 1.17

Type: quartet,finaleVoice: B B S/Mz BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Bruschino sr/Gaudenzio/Marianna/Filiberto
13Deh tu m'assisti amore Popularity:

Opera: Signor Bruschino, IlComposer: RossiniAct: 1.02-1

Type: trioVoice: T S/Mz SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Florville/Marianna/Sofia
14Quant e dolce a un alma Popularity:

Opera: Signor Bruschino, IlComposer: RossiniAct: 1.02-2

Type: duetVoice: S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Sofia/Florville
15E un bel nodo che due cori Popularity:

Opera: Signor Bruschino, IlComposer: RossiniAct: 1.15

Type: duetVoice: B SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Gaudenzio/Sofia
16Ah voi condur volete Popularity:

Opera: Signor Bruschino, IlComposer: RossiniAct: 1.10

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Sofia
17Ah! donate il caro sposo Popularity:

Opera: Signor Bruschino, IlComposer: RossiniAct: 1.11

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Sofia
18Ho 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
19A voi lieto ritorno Popularity:

Opera: Signor Bruschino, IlComposer: RossiniAct: 1.03

Type: recitativeVoice: T S S/Mz BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Florville/Sofia/Marianna/Filiberto
20Impaziente son io Popularity:

Opera: Signor Bruschino, IlComposer: RossiniAct: 1.09

Type: recitativeVoice: S/Mz BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Marianna/Gaudenzio
21Mir ist die Ehre widerfahren Popularity:

Opera: Rosenkavalier, DerComposer: StraussAct: 2

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: German

Roles: Octavian
22Hab mir's gelobt ihn lieb zu haben Popularity:

Opera: Rosenkavalier, DerComposer: StraussAct: 3

Type: trioVoice: S Mz SLanguage: German

Roles: Marschallin/Octavian/Sophie
23Hab mir's gelobt Popularity:

Opera: Rosenkavalier, DerComposer: StraussAct:

Type: Voice: Language: German

Roles:
24Da geht er hin Popularity:

Opera: Rosenkavalier, DerComposer: StraussAct: 1

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: German

Roles: Marschallin
25Je veux vivre (Juliet's Waltz) Popularity:

Opera: Romeo et JulietteComposer: GounodAct: 1.07

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: French

Roles: Juliette
26Va je t'ai pardonn? Popularity:

Opera: Romeo et JulietteComposer: GounodAct: 4.01-1

Type: duetVoice: T SLanguage: French

Roles: Roméo/Juliette
27Nuit d'hyménée Popularity:

Opera: Romeo et JulietteComposer: GounodAct: 4.01-2

Type: duetVoice: T SLanguage: French

Roles: Roméo/Juliette
28Amour ranime mon courage Popularity:

Opera: Romeo et JulietteComposer: GounodAct: 4.05-2

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: French

Roles: Juliette
29Al trionfo del nostro furore Popularity:

Opera: RinaldoComposer: HandelAct: 3.06-4

Type: duetVoice: S BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Armida/Argante
30Vo' far guerra Popularity:

Opera: RinaldoComposer: HandelAct: 2

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Armida
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