Kathleen Battle

— 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).