Kathleen Battle: A Voice to Remember!

Happy Birthday to soprano Kathleen Battle

Black Women Who Know Their Worth

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Today we celebrate the life of Kathleen Battle. Kathleen Deanna Battle is an American operatic light lyric-coloratura soprano singer. 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. Everyday is Back History.

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Battle was born in Portsmouth, Ohio, Battle attended Portsmouth High School. She was then awarded a scholarship to the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music where she studied voice with Franklin Bens and also worked with Italo Tajo. There she majored in music education for her undergraduate degree. Battle went on to gain her master’s degree in Music Education as well. In 1971 Battle embarked on a teaching career in Cincinnati, taking a position at a Cincinnati inner-city public school. While teaching…

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