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Kathleen Battle

voc, *1948 US, Portsmouth, Ohio
Singer of Classical

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.

     
Genres
  • Classical
  • Folk
  • World
Popular Tracks   
For Unto Us A Child Is Born - Live on Handel: Messiah by George Frideric Handel & Andrew Davis
Let the Bright Seraphim (From "Samson, HWV 57") on The Essential Wynton Marsalis by Wynton Marsalis
Requiem, Op. 48: 4. Pie Jesu on Fauré: Requiem / Ravel: Pavane pour une infante défunte by Gabriel Fauré, Kathleen Battle, Andreas Schmidt, Maurice Ravel, Philharmonia Orchestra, Carlo Maria Giulini & Philharmonia Chorus
Hallelujah - Live on Handel: Messiah by George Frideric Handel & Andrew Davis
Lovers (Title Song) on House of Flying Daggers by Shigeru Umebayashi, Kathleen Battle
L'elisir d'amore / Act I: "Una parola, Adina" on Donizetti: The Elixir of Love by Gaetano Donizetti, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra & James Levine
And The Glory Of The Lord Shall Be Revealed - Live on Handel: Messiah by George Frideric Handel & Andrew Davis
And He Shall Purify on Handel: Messiah by George Frideric Handel & Andrew Davis
Die Schöpfung Hob. XXI:2 / Erster Teil: 13. Chor mit Soli: Die Himmel erzählen die Ehre Gottes on Haydn: The Creation H.21 by Joseph Haydn, Berliner Philharmoniker & James Levine
Behold, The Lamb Of God on Handel: Messiah by George Frideric Handel & Andrew Davis

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Discography



Title Artist Year Type
The Complete Sony RecordingsKathleen Battle2016Compil.
Symphonie No. 2 "Auferstehung"Gustav Mahler, James Levine, Wiener Philharmoniker, Kathleen Battle, Christa Ludwig2011Album
The Best Of Kathleen BattleKathleen Battle2004Compil.
Ariadne Auf NaxosJessye Norman, Kathleen Battle, Tatiana Troyanos, James King, Franz Ferdinand Nentwig with The The Metropolitan Opera House Orchestra2002Single
Mozart: The Da Ponte Operas (Le Nozze Di Figaro, Don Giovanni & Cosi Fan TutteRiccardo Muti, Wiener Philharmoniker, Konzertvereinigung Wiener Staatsopernchor, Thomas Allen, Kathleen Battle, Jorma Hynninen, Margaret Price, Ann Murray, Kurt Rydl, Mariana Nicolesco, Alejandro Ramírez, Ernesto Gavazzi, Patrizia Pace, Franco de Grandis, William Shimell, Samuel Ramey, Cheryl Studer, Carol Vaness, Frank Lopardo, Susanne Mentzer, Natale De Carolis, Jan-Hendrik Rootering, Margaret Marshall, Agnes Baltsa, James Morris, Francisco Araiza, José van Dam2002Album
Classic Kathleen Battle: A PortraitKathleen Battle2002Compil.
Figaros Hochzeit (Highlights)Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Thomas Allen, Kathleen Battle, Jorma Hynninen, Margaret Price, Wiener Philharmoniker, Riccardo Muti2001Album
Die ZauberfloteWolfgang Amadeus Mozart - Metropolitan Opera Chorus And The Metropolitan Opera House Orchestra, James Levine, Kathleen Battle, Luciana Serra, Francisco Araiza, Kurt Moll2000Single
Händel:AriasKathleen Battle1998Compil.
GraceKathleen Battle, Robert Sadin1997Album
Così Fan Tutte (Le Pagine Più Belle)Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Margaret Marshall, Agnes Baltsa, Francisco Araiza, James Morris, Kathleen Battle, José van Dam, Wiener Staatsopernchor, Wiener Philharmoniker, Riccardo Muti1997Compil.
Angels' GloryKathleen Battle, Christopher Parkening1997Album
French Opera AriasKathleen Battle, Orchestre De L'Opéra Bastille, Myung-Whun Chung1996Album
Gloria / Organ Concerto / Concert ChampêtreFrancis Poulenc, Kathleen Battle, Simon Preston, Trevor Pinnock, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Seiji Ozawa1995Album
Il Barbiere Di SivigliaPlacido Domingo · Gioacchino Rossini · Kathleen Battle · Ruggero Raimondi · The Chamber Orchestra Of Europe · Claudio Abbado1995Album
So Many StarsKathleen Battle1995Album
Cancion De Cuna (Spanish Lullaby)Kathleen Battle1995Single
Honey and RueKathleen Battle1995Album
Il Signor BruschinoGioacchino Rossini - Kathleen Battle, Samuel Ramey, Frank Lopardo, Claudio Desderi, English Chamber Orchestra, Ion Marin1993Album
SemeleGeorg Friedrich Händel - Kathleen Battle, Marilyn Horne, Samuel Ramey, John Aller, Sylvia McNair, Michael Chance, The Ambrosian Opera Chorus, English Chamber Orchestra, John Nelson1993Album
In ConcertKathleen Battle, Jean-Pierre Rampal1993Album
Bel Canto (Kathleen Battle Sings Italian Opera Arias)Kathleen Battle, The London Philharmonic Orchestra, Bruno Campanella1993Album
A Carnegie Hall Christmas ConcertKathleen Battle - Frederica von Stade - Wynton Marsalis - André Previn1992Album
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - Die ZauberfloteKathleen Battle, Luciana Serra, Francisco Araiza, Kurt Moll, Barbara Kilduff, Heinz Zednik, Andreas Schmidt, The Metropolitan Opera House Orchestra And Metropolitan Opera Chorus1992Single
AriasJohann Sebastian Bach, Kathleen Battle, Itzhak Perlman, Orchestra Of St. Luke's, John Nelson1992Album
Baroque DuetKathleen Battle • Wynton Marsalis1992Album
Kathleen Battle At The Metropolitan MuseumKathleen Battle1992Album
At Carnegie HallKathleen Battle1992Album
Baroque DuetKathleen Battle • Wynton Marsalis1992Album
EspiritualesKathleen Battle & Jessye Norman1991Single
Die Schöpfung = The Creation = La CréationJoseph Haydn, Kathleen Battle, Gösta Winbergh, Kurt Moll, Radiokören, Kammarkören, Berliner Philharmoniker, James Levine1991Album
Spirituals In ConcertKathleen Battle, Jessye Norman - Spirituals In Concert Chorus And Spirituals In Concert Orchestra Conducted By James Levine1991Album
L'elisir d'AmoreGaetano Donizetti : Kathleen Battle · Luciano Pavarotti · Leo Nucci · Enzo Dara · Dawn Upshaw · Metropolitan Opera Chorus And The Metropolitan Opera House Orchestra · James Levine1990Album
Arias = Arien = AirsGeorg Friedrich Händel, Kathleen Battle, The Academy Of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Sir Neville Marriner1990Album
Live In Tokyo 1988Kathleen Battle, Placido Domingo, James Levine, The Metropolitan Opera House Orchestra1989Album
Gloria • Stabat MaterFrancis Poulenc - Kathleen Battle, Tanglewood Festival Chorus, Boston Symphony Orchestra • Seiji Ozawa1989Album
Grosse Messe C-Moll KV 427 / Great Mass In C Minor / Grande Messe En Ut MineurWolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Kathleen Battle, Lella Cuberli, Peter Seiffert, Kurt Moll, Konzertvereinigung Wiener Staatsopernchor, Wiener Philharmoniker, James Levine1989Album
Battle & Domingo LiveKathleen Battle, Placido Domingo, James Levine, The Metropolitan Opera House Orchestra1989Album
Schubert · LiederFranz Schubert - Kathleen Battle, James Levine1988Album
Spanische Liebeslider, Andante And Variations, Piano QuartetRobert Schumann, Kathleen Battle, John Aler, Charles Wadsworth, Richard Goode1988Album
Die Entführung Aus Dem SerailWolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Edita Gruberova, Kathleen Battle, Gösta Winbergh, Heinz Zednik, Martti Talvela, Will Quadflieg, Wiener Philharmoniker, Georg Solti1987Album
Ombra Mai FùGeorg Friedrich Händel / Kathleen Battle1987Album
Le Nozze Di FigaroWolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Thomas Allen, Margaret Price, Kathleen Battle, Jorma Hynninen, Ann Murray, Kurt Rydl, Wiener Philharmoniker, Konzertvereinigung Wiener Staatsopernchor, Riccardo Muti1987Album
Ombra Mai FuKathleen Battle1987Album
MessiahGeorg Friedrich Händel, Kathleen Battle, Florence Quivar, John Aler, Samuel Ramey, Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, Elmer Iseler, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Andrew Davis1987Album
Neujahrskonzert In WienKathleen Battle, Wiener Philharmoniker1987Album
Pleasures Of Their CompanyKathleen Battle / Christopher Parkening1986Album
Requiem / Pavane Pour Une Infante DefunteGabriel Fauré / Maurice Ravel, Kathleen Battle, Andreas Schmidt, Philharmonia Chorus, Philharmonia Orchestra, Carlo Maria Giulini1986Album
Salzburg RecitalKathleen Battle, James Levine1986Album
Fauré: RequiemGabriel Fauré, Kathleen Battle, Andreas Schmidt, Philharmonia Orchestra, Philharmonia Chorus, Carlo Maria Giulini1986Album
Kathleen Battle Sings MozartKathleen Battle Sings Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, André Previn1986Album
Zelebriert: Feierliches Hochamt Im Petersdom Zum Fest Der Apostel Petrus Und Paulus Mit Krönungsmesse von W. A. MozartHis Holiness Pope John Paul II, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Kathleen Battle, Trudeliese Schmidt, Gösta Winbergh, Ferruccio Furlanetto, Wiener Singverein, Wiener Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan1986Album
A Christmas CelebrationKathleen Battle, New York Choral Artists, The Boys Choir Of Harlem, Orchestra Of St. Luke's, Leonard Slatkin1986Album
Ariadne Auf NaxosRichard Strauss : Anna Tomowa-Sintow · Kathleen Battle · Agnes Baltsa · Gary Lakes · Hermann Prey, Wiener Philharmoniker, James Levine1986Album
RequiemWolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Kathleen Battle, Ann Murray, David Rendall, Matti Salminen, Chœur De L'Orchestre De Paris Et Orchestre De Paris1985Album
Symphony No. 4Gustav Mahler - Kathleen Battle, Wiener Philharmoniker, Lorin Maazel1984Album
A German RequiemJohannes Brahms - Kathleen Battle • Håkan Hagegård • Chicago Symphony Chorus • Margaret Hillis • The Chicago Symphony Orchestra • James Levine1984Album
A German Requiem / Songs Of BrahmsJohannes Brahms - Kathleen Battle • Håkan Hagegård, Chicago Symphony Chorus, Margaret Hillis, The Chicago Symphony Orchestra, James Levine1984Album
Lulu Suite, Lyric SuiteAlban Berg, Kathleen Battle, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Michael Gielen1983Album
Symphony No. 2 In C Minor, "Resurrection"Gustav Mahler - Leonard Slatkin, Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra & Saint Louis Symphony Chorus, Kathleen Battle, Maureen Forrester1983Album
Music From Ravinia, Vol 1, James Levine Plays And Conducts BachJames Levine, Kathleen Battle1978Album
Angels' Visits (And Other Vocal Gems Of Victorian America)Kathleen Battle • Raymond Murcell • Rose Taylor, The Harmoneion Singers / Neely Bruce • Lawrence Skrobacs1977Album
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