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Grammy Award Winning Opera Superstar Kathleen Battle In Concert & More 2017 by Photojournalist Lisa Pacino

Virginia ARTS Festival and Norfolk State University presents world renowned Grammy Award winning operatic soprano Kathleen Battle; Joel A. Martin, piano, Norfolk State University Choir, L. Douglas Wilder Performing Arts Center, Norfolk, Virginia, Sunday, March 26, 2017, 5:00PM


Grammy Award winning soprano Kathleen Battle takes the audience on a journey of hope and salvation in this concert that combines traditional spirituals like He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands, I Don’t Feel No Ways Tired, and Go Down Moses with the writings of abolitionists Harriet Tubman and Frederick Douglass. Ms. Battle’s performance is backed by the mighty Norfolk State University Choir, which has performed twice at the White House and is known for the beauty of its choral tone. —Virginia Arts Festival

Hear the voice hailed as “one of the very few most beautiful in the world.” —The Washington Post

Kathleen Deanna Battle (born August 13, 1948) is an American operatic light lyric 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 13, 2016. Her professional operatic debut was in 1975 as Rosina in Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville) with the Michigan Opera Theatre. She made her New York City Opera debut the following year as Susanna in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), and in 1977 made both her San Francisco Opera debut as Oscar in Verdi’s Un ballo in maschera and her Metropolitan Opera debut as the Shepherd in Wagner’s Tannhäuser. The latter performance was conducted by James Levine. At the Met she went on to sing 224 performances of 14 roles with the company. Kathleen Battle has received countless awards and honors, including five Grammy Awards.

Major Debuts:
Professional debut: soprano soloist in Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem, Festival dei Due Mondi, Spoleto, Italy, July 9, 1972.
Broadway debut: Treemonisha in Scott Joplin’s Treemonisha (Gunther Schuller, Conductor), (Wednesday and Saturday matinee performances), Uris Theatre, New York City, October 1975.
Operatic debut: Rosina in Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville), Michigan Opera Theatre, 1975.
New York City Opera company debut: Susanna in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), 1976.
San Francisco Opera company debut: Oscar in Verdi’s Un ballo in maschera (Kurt Herbert Adler, Conductor), November 12, 1977.
Metropolitan Opera company debut: Shepherd in Wagner’s Tannhäuser (James Levine, Conductor), December 22, 1977.
UK debut and Glyndebourne Festival Opera debut: Nerina in Joseph Haydn’s La fedeltà premiata, July 15, 1979.
Lyric Opera of Chicago company debut: Oscar in Verdi’s Un ballo in maschera (John Pritchard, Conductor), November 26, 1980.
Salzburg Festival debut and Salzburg opera debut: Despina in Mozart’s Così fan tutte (Ricardo Muti, Conductor), July 28, 1982.
Salzburg Festival solo recital debut: August 25, 1984.
Royal Opera, London company debut: Zerbinetta in Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos, June 17, 1985.
Carnegie Hall solo recital debut: April 27, 1991.

The Metropolitan Opera House, New York, 2016. Photography by Lisa Pacino.

Kathleen Battle: Vocalists — Soprano
“Ms. Battle sang with remarkable freshness and beauty… she sent high phrases soaring and sang with ethereal elegance… I kept thinking about what a sad loss her absence has been to opera lovers in New York and around the world… This long program, with five encores, was her day, her return… The final standing ovation was tumultuous.” —The New York Times, Anthony Tommasini
“The purity and luster of her upper voice was simply ravishing.” —The Washington Post, Joe Banno
“The magic was back and nobody (including her) wanted it to end… This was easily some of the best singing of her career… Mesmerizing… Plucked high notes out of the air with spot-on pitch…” —WQXR, David Patrick Stearns
“The distinctive loveliness of her tone was easily discernible…she was magnificent…with impressive intensity.” —Los Angeles Times, Mark Swed
“She sounded relaxed, radiating joy, singing with pinpoint diction, perfect pitch, and elongated phrasing that gave the impression of endless melody… and when the last pianissimo died sweetly in the air, everyone knew something special had just happened.” —Detroit Free Press
Kathleen Battle’s soaring voice has carried her to the heights of the classical music world. The range of the five-time Grammy winner’s repertoire spans three centuries from the Baroque era to contemporary works, which she performs with symphony orchestras and in recital halls around the world. Perhaps what distinguishes this luminous soprano most is her almost magical ability to create an unwavering bond with audiences through a voice that is “…without qualification, one of the very few most beautiful in the world.” —The Washington Post
Hear the voice hailed as “one of the very few most beautiful in the world.” —The Washington Post

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Sources: Columbia Artists Management, Inc., Virginia Arts Festival, Norfolk State University, Wikipedia, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, Detroit Free Press, WQXR, The New York Times

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