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).
“…the voice as a whole still had the purity and beauty that has always characterized it, and she performed with flair and class — and sometimes without any accompaniment at all… It all added up to a long, packed and thoroughly enjoyable evening; the capacity audience in the Concert Hall certainly got its money’s worth…we got something vital and compelling and very much in the present; and I came away with new respect and admiration for Battle.”
– Anne Midgette, Washington Post, “Underground Railroad: A Spiritual Journey” at the Kennedy Center
“Ms. Battle sang with remarkable freshness and beauty…she sent high phrases soaring and sang with ethereal elegance…with five encores, [this] was her day, her return…The final standing ovation was tumultuous.”
Anthony Tommasini, New York Times, about “Underground Railroad: A Spiritual Journey” at the Metropolitan Opera