Kathleen Battle

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Biography

Born: August 13, 1948; Portsmouth, OH  
One of the most famous African-American sopranos, Kathleen Battle received her vocal training at the Cincinnati College Conservatory, where she studied voice with Franklin Bens and also worked with Italo Tajo. While at Cincinnati she came to the attention of conductor Thomas Schippers who brought her to the Spoleto Festival in South Carolina to sing the Brahms Requiem in 1972. She made her stage debut in Rossini's Il barbiere di Siviglia as Read more Rosina with the Michigan Opera Theater in Detroit in 1975. Susanna in Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro was her New York City Opera debut role in 1976. During this time, she also sang orchestral concerts in New York, Los Angeles, and Cleveland. James Levine brought her to the Metropolitan Opera in New York as the Shepherd in Wagner's Tannhäuser in 1978, and she appeared frequently at the Met in important roles until 1994. She first appeared in Europe in 1978 at the Italian Spoleto Festival, and in 1979 debuted at the Glyndebourne Festival.

Her first appearance at Salzburg was in 1982 at an all-Mozart concert, and she often returned in concert, recital and opera. Her important opera roles at Salzburg were Susanna, Zerlina, and Despina, three Mozart roles with which she has been associated at many opera houses around the world. She has appeared at most of the major opera houses of the world including San Francisco, Chicago, Covent Garden, London, Geneva, Vienna, and Berlin. In 1985, she was the soprano soloist in Mozart's Coronation Mass at St. Peter's Cathedral at the Vatican, in a performance conducted by Herbert von Karajan. She sang Handel's Semele in a highly acclaimed performance in 1985 at Carnegie Hall and later recorded the role. In 1990 she was joined by Jessye Norman for a concert of spirituals which was conducted by James Levine at Carnegie Hall. Although best known for roles in the operas of Mozart and Strauss (Zdenka, Sophie and Zerbinetta), Battle has also had great success in Massenet's Werther, Donizetti's L'elisir d'amore, Don Pasquale, and La fille du regiment, Verdi's Un ballo in maschera and Falstaff and Rossini's Il barbiere di Siviglia and L'Italiana in Algeri. Battle has maintained an active recital career, and her Schubert interpretations are very fine. Her recital programs have also featured songs by Mozart, Strauss, Fauré and Rodrigo.

Kathleen Battle's voice is a high, very pure soprano with great charm. She has excellent technical control, which has allowed her to sing the difficult coloratura roles of Rosina and Zerbinetta though her approach is always more lyric that that of most coloratura sopranos. She is an excellent actress and tries to give full characterization to each of her roles. Several of her best roles were televised live from the Metropolitan Opera, New York and later released on video.

A perfectionist in her own work, Battle became more and more difficult to deal with as her career moved forward. Some felt that her demands were becoming unreasonable, and her behavior became erratic. These difficulties came to public attention when she was dismissed from the Metropolitan Opera in 1994 for "unprofessional conduct." Battle has continued to appear in concert and recital and remains a favorite of the public. Read less

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Born: August 13, 1948; Portsmouth, OH  
One of the most famous African-American sopranos, Kathleen Battle received her vocal training at the Cincinnati College Conservatory, where she studied voice with Franklin Bens and also worked with Italo Tajo. While at Cincinnati she came to the attention of conductor Thomas Schippers who brought her to the Spoleto Festival in South Carolina to sing the Brahms Requiem in 1972. She made her stage debut in Rossini's Il barbiere di Siviglia as Read more
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Mozart: Die Entführung aus dem Serail, K.384 - Ouvertüre
Mozart: Mozart: Die Entführung aus dem Serail / Act 1 - "Hier soll ich dich denn sehen...Aber wie soll ich in den Palast komm"
Mozart: Die Entführung aus dem Serail / Act 1 - "Wer ein Liebchen hat gefunden" - "Verwünscht seist du samt deinem Liede!"
Mozart: Die Entführung aus dem Serail / Act 1 - "Solche hergelaufne Laffen" - "Was bist du nur für ein Mensch!" - "Erst geköpft, dann gehangen"
Mozart: Die Entführung aus dem Serail / Act 1 - "Konstanze, dich wiederzusehen" - "O wie ängstlich, o wie feurig"
Mozart: Die Entführung aus dem Serail / Act 1 - "Singt dem großen Bassa Lieder"
Mozart: Die Entführung aus dem Serail / Act 1 - "Ach ich liebte, war so glücklich"
Mozart: Die Entführung aus dem Serail / Act 1 - "Marsch! Trollt euch fort!"
Mozart: Die Entführung aus dem Serail / Act 2 - "Durch Zärtlichkeit und Schmeicheln"
Mozart: Die Entführung aus dem Serail / Act 2 - "Ich gehe, doch rate ich dir"
Mozart: Die Entführung aus dem Serail / Act 2 - Welcher Wechsel . . . Traurigkeit ward
Mozart: Die Entführung aus dem Serail / Act 2 - "Martern aller Arten"
Mozart: Die Entführung aus dem Serail / Act 2 - "Kein Bassa, keine Konstanze mehr da?"
Mozart: Die Entführung aus dem Serail / Act 2 - "Frisch zum Kampfe"
Mozart: Die Entführung aus dem Serail / Act 2 - "Vivat Bacchus! Bacchus lebe!"
Mozart: Die Entführung aus dem Serail / Act 2 - "Wenn der Freude Tränen fließen"
Mozart: Die Entführung aus dem Serail / Act 2 - "Ach Belmonte! Ach, mein Leben!"
Mozart: Die Entführung aus dem Serail / Act 3 - "Ich baue ganz auf deine Stärke"
Mozart: Die Entführung aus dem Serail / Act 3 - "In Mohrenland gefangen war"
Mozart: Die Entführung aus dem Serail / Act 3 - "Ha, wie will ich triumphieren"
Mozart: Die Entführung aus dem Serail / Act 3 - "Welch ein Geschick!"
Mozart: Die Entführung aus dem Serail / Act 3 - "Nie werd' ich deine Huld verkennen" - "Bassa Selim lebe lange"
Mozart: Die Entführung aus dem Serail / Act 3 - "Bassa Selim lebe lange"
Messiah, Part One: Sinfony: Grave - Allegro moderato
Messiah, Part One: Comfort ye my people (tenor)
Messiah, Part One: Ev'ry valley shall be exalted (tenor)
Messiah, Part One: And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed
Messiah, Part One: Thus saith the Lord of Hosts (bass)
Messiah, Part One: But who may abide the day of His coming (counter-tenor)
Messiah, Part One: And he shall Purify
Messiah, Part One: Behold a virgin shall conceive (alto)
Messiah, Part One: O thou that tellest good tidings to Zion (alto/chorus)
Messiah, Part One: For behold, darkness shall cover the earth (bass)
Messiah, Part One: The people that walked in darkness (bass)
Messiah, Part One: For unto us a child is born
Messiah, Part One: Pifa (Pastoral Symphony)
Messiah, Part One: There were shepards
Messiah, Part One: And lo, the Angel of the Lord
Messiah, Part One: And the angel said unto them
Messiah, Part One: And suddenly there was with the angel
Messiah, Part One: Glory to God in the highest
Messiah, Part One: Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion (soprano I)
Messiah, Part One: Then shall the eyes of the blind be open'd (counter-tenor)
Messiah, Part One: He shall feed His flock like a shepherd (counter-tenor/soprano I)
Messiah, Part One: His yoke is easy, his burthen is light
Messiah, Part Two: Behold, The Lamb of God
Messiah, Part Two: He was despised (alto)
Messiah, Part Three: The trumpet shall sound (bass)
Messiah, Part Three: Then shall be brought to pass the saying (counter-tenor)
Messiah, Part Three: O death, where is thy sting (counter-tenor/tenor)
Messiah, Part Three: But thanks be to God
Messiah, Part Three: If God be for us (alto)
Messiah, Part Three: Worthy is Lamb that was slain ... Amen
Rossini: Il barbiere di Siviglia - Overture (Sinfonia)
Rossini: Il barbiere di Siviglia / Act 1 - No.1 Introduzione: "Piano, pianissimo"
Rossini: Il barbiere di Siviglia / Act 1 - "Ecco, ridente in cielo" - "Ehi, Fiorello?.."/"Mio Signore.." - "Gente indiscreta!"/"Ah, quasi con quel chiasso importuno" (Conte, Fiorello, Coro)
Rossini: Il barbiere di Siviglia / Act 1 - "Largo al factotum" - "Ah, ah! che bella vita!" (Figaro / Figaro, Conte, Rosina, Bartolo)
Rossini: Il barbiere di Siviglia / Act 1 - "Se il mio nome saper voi bramate" - "Oh cielo!" (Conte, Rosina, Figaro / Conte, Figaro)
Rossini: Il barbiere di Siviglia / Act 1 - "All'idea di quel metallo" - "Evviva il mio padrone!" (Figaro, Conte /Fiorello)
Rossini: Il barbiere di Siviglia / Act 1 - "Una voce poco fa" - "Sì, sì, la vincerò" (Rosina / Rosina, Figaro, Bartolo, Basilio)
Rossini: Il barbiere di Siviglia / Act 1 - "La calunnia è un venticello" - "Ah! che ne dite?" (Basilio / Basilio, Bartolo, Figaro, Rosina)
Rossini: Il barbiere di Siviglia / Act 1 - "Dunque io son" - "Ora mi sento meglio" (Rosina, Figaro / Rosina, Bartolo)
Rossini: Il barbiere di Siviglia / Act 1 - No.8 Aria: "A un dottor della mia sorte"
Rossini: Il barbiere di Siviglia / Act 1 - Recitativo: "Finora in questa camera"
Rossini: Il barbiere di Siviglia / Act 1 - No.9 Finale I: "Ehi, di casa!... buona gente!..."
Rossini: Il barbiere di Siviglia / Act 1 - Con la presente il Dottor Bartolo (Bartolo, Conte, Rosina, Berta, Basilio)
Rossini: Il barbiere di Siviglia / Act 1 - Che cosa accadde
Rossini: Il barbiere di Siviglia / Act 1 - "Ma signor..." "Zitto tu!"
Rossini: Il barbiere di Siviglia / Act 2 - "Ma vedi il mio destino!" - "Pace e gioia sia con voi" - "Insomma, mio Signore" (Bartolo / Conte, Bartolo / Bartolo, Conte, Rosina)
Rossini: Il barbiere di Siviglia / Act 2 - "Contro un cor che accende amore" - "Bella voce! Bravissima!" (Rosina, Conte / Conte, Rosina, Bartolo)
Rossini: Il barbiere di Siviglia / Act 2 - "Quando mi sei vicina" - "Bravo, signor barbiere" (Bartolo / Bartolo, Figaro, Rosina, Conte)
Rossini: Il barbiere di Siviglia / Act 2 - "Don Basilio!"/"Cosa veggo!"/"Quale intoppo!"/"Come qua?"/"Servitor di tutti quanti" - "Ah! disgraziato me!"(Rosina,Conte,Figaro,Basilio,Bartolo/Bartolo,Berta)
Rossini: Il barbiere di Siviglia / Act 2 - "Il vecchiotto cerca moglie" - "Dunque voi Don Alonso" (Berta / Bartolo, Basilio, Rosina)
Rossini: Il barbiere di Siviglia / Act 2 - "Ma forse, ahimè, Lindoro" - "Ah se è ver" (Rosina)
Rossini: Il barbiere di Siviglia / Act 2 - Temporale (Thunderstorm) - "Alfine, eccoci qua" (Figaro, Conte, Rosina)
Rossini: Il barbiere di Siviglia / Act 2 - "Ah! qual colpo inaspettato!" - "Ah, disgraziati noi!" (Rosina, Figaro, Conte / Figaro, Conte, Rosina, Basilio, Bartolo, Ufficiale)
Rossini: Il barbiere di Siviglia / Act 2 - No.17 Recitativo strumentato: "Il Conte!"
Rossini: Il barbiere di Siviglia / Act 2 - "Cessa di più resistere" - "Insomma, io ho tutti i torti.." (Conte, Coro / Bartolo, Figaro, Basilio)
Rossini: Il barbiere di Siviglia / Act 2 - No.19 Finaletto II: "Di sì felice innesto"
Fauré: Requiem, Op.48 - 1. Introit et Kyrie (Chorus)
Fauré: Requiem, Op.48 - 2. Offertoire (Bariton, Chorus)
Fauré: Requiem, Op.48 - 3. Sanctus (Chorus)
Fauré: Requiem, Op.48 - 4. Pie Jesu
Fauré: Requiem, Op.48 - 5. Agnus Dei (Chorus)
Fauré: Requiem, Op.48 - 6. Libera me (Bariton, Chorus)
Fauré: Requiem, Op.48 - 7. In Paradisum (Chorus)
Messiah, Part One: Sinfony: Grave - Allegro moderato
Messiah, Part One: Comfort ye my people (tenor)
Messiah, Part One: Ev'ry valley shall be exalted (tenor)
Messiah, Part One: And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed
Messiah, Part One: Thus saith the Lord of Hosts (bass)
Messiah, Part One: But who may abide the day of His coming (counter-tenor)
Messiah, Part One: And he shall Purify
Messiah, Part One: Behold a virgin shall conceive (alto)
Messiah, Part One: O thou that tellest good tidings to Zion (alto/chorus)
Messiah, Part One: For behold, darkness shall cover the earth (bass)
Messiah, Part One: The people that walked in darkness (bass)
Messiah, Part One: For unto us a child is born
Messiah, Part One: Pifa (Pastoral Symphony)
Messiah, Part One: There were shepards
Messiah, Part One: And lo, the Angel of the Lord
Messiah, Part One: And the angel said unto them
Messiah, Part One: And suddenly there was with the angel
Messiah, Part One: Glory to God in the highest
Messiah, Part One: Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion (soprano I)
Messiah, Part One: Then shall the eyes of the blind be open'd (counter-tenor)
Messiah, Part One: He shall feed His flock like a shepherd (counter-tenor/soprano I)
Messiah, Part One: His yoke is easy, his burthen is light
Messiah, Part Two: Behold, The Lamb of God
Messiah, Part Two: He was despised (alto)
Messiah, Part Three: The trumpet shall sound (bass)
Messiah, Part Three: Then shall be brought to pass the saying (counter-tenor)
Messiah, Part Three: O death, where is thy sting (counter-tenor/tenor)
Messiah, Part Three: But thanks be to God
Messiah, Part Three: If God be for us (alto)
Messiah, Part Three: Worthy is Lamb that was slain ... Amen
I. Selig sind, die da Leid tragen
II. Denn alles Fleisch es ist wie Gras
III. Herr, lehre doch mich
IV. Wie lieblich sind deine Wohnungen
V. Ihr habt nun Traurigkeit
VI. Denn wir haben hie keine bleibende Statt
VII. Selig sind die Toten
Vorspiel
"Zwangvolle Plage!"
Hoiho! Hoiho! Hau ein! Hau ein!
"Nun tobst du wieder"
"Vieles lehrtest du, Mime"
Ans Leben gehst du mir schier!
Und diese Stücken sollst du mir schmieden
"Heil dir, weiser Schmied!"
Auf wolkigen Höh'n wohnen die Götter
"Verfluchtes Licht"
Was ist's mit dem Fürchten?
"Notung! Notung! Neidliches Schwert!"
Hoho! Hoho! Hohei! Schmiede, mein Hammer, ein hartes Schwert!
"Den der Bruder schuf"
Vorspiel
"In Wald und Nacht"
"Durch Vertrages Treuerunen"
"Wir sind zur Stelle!"
"Daß der mein Vater nicht ist"
"Haha! Da hätte mein Lied!"
Ist mir doch fast, als sprächen die Vöglein zu mir! (Siegfried, Stimme des Waldvogels)
"Wohin schleichst du"
Was ihr mit nützt, weiß ich nicht
"Neides Zoll zahlt Notung"
Nun sing, ich lausche dem Gesang
Vorspiel
"Wache, Wala!"
"Stark ruft das Lied"
"Dir Unweisen ruf' ich ins Ohr"
"Dort seh' ich Siegfried nahn"
Bleibst du mir stumm, störrischer Wicht?
Zieh hin! Ich kann dich nicht halten!
"Seliger Öde auf wonniger Höh' "
Heil dir, Sonne! Heil dir, Licht!
So starb nicht meine Mutter?
"Ewig war ich"
Fauré: Requiem, Op.48 - 1. Introit et Kyrie (Chorus)
Fauré: Requiem, Op.48 - 2. Offertoire (Bariton, Chorus)
Fauré: Requiem, Op.48 - 3. Sanctus (Chorus)
Fauré: Requiem, Op.48 - 4. Pie Jesu
Fauré: Requiem, Op.48 - 5. Agnus Dei (Chorus)
Fauré: Requiem, Op.48 - 6. Libera me (Bariton, Chorus)
Fauré: Requiem, Op.48 - 7. In Paradisum (Chorus)
Overture
Behold! auspicious flashes arise
Lucky omens bless our rites
Daughter, obey
Ah! me! - O Jove!
The morning lark to mine accords his note
See she blushing turns her eyes
Hymen, haste, thy torch prepare
Alas! she yields, and has undone me
Why dost thou thus untimely grieve?
Avert these omens
Again auspicious flashes rise
Thy aid, pronubial Juno, Athamas implores!
Cease your vows
O Athamas, what toture hast thou borne!
Turn, hopeless lover, turn thy eyes
She weeps!
Your tuneful voice my tale would tell
Too well I see, thou wilt not understand me
You've undone me / With my life I would atone
Ah, wretched prince / Wing'd with our fears /O prodigy/See, see, Jove's Priests
Hail Cadmus!
Endless pleasure...
Overture (Sinfonia)
No.1 Introduzione: "Piano, pianissimo"
"Ecco, ridente in cielo" - "Ehi, Fiorello?.."/"Mio Signore.." - "Gente indiscreta!"/"Ah, quasi con quel chiasso importuno" (Conte, Fiorello, Coro)
"Largo al factotum" - "Ah, ah! che bella vita!" (Figaro / Figaro, Conte, Rosina, Bartolo)
"Se il mio nome saper voi bramate" - "Oh cielo!" (Conte, Rosina, Figaro / Conte, Figaro)
"All'idea di quel metallo" - "Evviva il mio padrone!" (Figaro, Conte /Fiorello)
"Una voce poco fa" - "Sì, sì, la vincerò" (Rosina / Rosina, Figaro, Bartolo, Basilio)
"La calunnia è un venticello" - "Ah! che ne dite?" (Basilio / Basilio, Bartolo, Figaro, Rosina)
"Dunque io son" - "Ora mi sento meglio" (Rosina, Figaro / Rosina, Bartolo)
No.8 Aria: "A un dottor della mia sorte"
Recitativo: "Finora in questa camera"
No.9 Finale I: "Ehi, di casa!... buona gente!..."
Con la presente il Dottor Bartolo (Bartolo, Conte, Rosina, Berta, Basilio)
Che cosa accadde
"Ma signor..." "Zitto tu!"
"Ma vedi il mio destino!" - "Pace e gioia sia con voi" - "Insomma, mio Signore" (Bartolo / Conte, Bartolo / Bartolo, Conte, Rosina)
"Contro un cor che accende amore" - "Bella voce! Bravissima!" (Rosina, Conte / Conte, Rosina, Bartolo)
"Quando mi sei vicina" - "Bravo, signor barbiere" (Bartolo / Bartolo, Figaro, Rosina, Conte)
"Don Basilio!"/"Cosa veggo!"/"Quale intoppo!"/"Come qua?"/"Servitor di tutti quanti" - "Ah! disgraziato me!"(Rosina,Conte,Figaro,Basilio,Bartolo/Bartolo,Berta)
"Il vecchiotto cerca moglie" - "Dunque voi Don Alonso" (Berta / Bartolo, Basilio, Rosina)
"Ma forse, ahimè, Lindoro" - "Ah se è ver" (Rosina)
Temporale (Thunderstorm) - "Alfine, eccoci qua" (Figaro, Conte, Rosina)
"Ah! qual colpo inaspettato!" - "Ah, disgraziati noi!" (Rosina, Figaro, Conte / Figaro, Conte, Rosina, Basilio, Bartolo, Ufficiale)
No.17 Recitativo strumentato: "Il Conte!"
"Cessa di più resistere" - "Insomma, io ho tutti i torti.." (Conte, Coro / Bartolo, Figaro, Basilio)
No.19 Finaletto II: "Di sì felice innesto"
Selig sind, die da Leid tragen
Denn alles Fleisch es ist wie Gras
Herr, lehre doch mich
Wie lieblich sind deine Wohnungen
Ihr habt nun Traurigkeit
Denn wir haben hie keine bleibende Stadt
Selig sind die Toten


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