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Category: Music - Classical
Reference No: 2381
Status: Available
Price: £12.00
  Kathleen Battle

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Distinguished African-American soprano known for her agile and light voice and her silvery, pure tone.

Battle initially became known for her work within the concert repertoire through performances with major orchestras during the early and mid 1970s. After making her her opera debut in 1975 she expanded her repertoire into light lyric soprano and lyric coloratura soprano roles during the 1980s and early 1990s.

Sadly, as Battle's status grew, she began to turn into a diva.

In October of 1992, when she opened the Boston Symphony Orchestra season, she reportedly banned an assistant conductor and other musicians from her rehearsals, changed hotels several times, and left behind what a report in The Boston Globe called “a froth of ill will.” In February 1994, during rehearsals for an upcoming production of La fille du régiment at the Metropolitan Opera, Battle was said to have subjected her fellow performers to "withering criticism" and made "almost paranoid demands that they not look at her." General Manager Joseph Volpe responded by sacking her for "unprofessional actions" during rehearsals. Apparently the other members of the cast applauded when given the news.

Since then, Battle has not performed in opera, concentrating on the concert stage and the recording studio.
This is a very fine white 6" x 4" card, signed IN PERSON at the Royal Opera House on the 21st February, 1990. In excellent condition.