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Journalist experiences epiphany

“[T]he interview-killing question wasn’t even a tough one. It was a softball query about how it feels to have her career still going strong as she approaches 70. . . . Apparently, age is a touchy subject for some aging divas.” [Dallas News]



If Kathleen Battle had any concerns about how she might be greeted by the sold out audience at the Metropolitan Opera on Sunday afternoon, those concerns were assuaged the moment (35 minutes late!) she appeared on stage. Miss Battle, clad in a striking, form-fitting garnet colored gown with voluminous gold silk wrap, was greeted with a thunderous ovation befitting a beloved singer at the end of an illustrious career.

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Just before the Battle, mother, I am thinking most of you

Battle CryThose of you looking forward to enjoying a Broadway play based on the life of Kathleen Battle, starring Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o, will have to go on waiting. The ostensible producer of this project, Roland Scahill, has been charged with criminal possession of stolen property, grand larceny and scheming to defraud.

Why have you kept me waiting so long?

Soprano Kathleen Battle will return to the stage of the Metropolitan Opera for the first time in more than two decades when she sings a recital there November 13.

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Mask me no questions

In what seems to be turning into an informal salute to Kathleen Battle (not pictured), our gem from the Mike Richter collection this week is a performance of Un ballo in maschera, featuring Jose Carreras and Katia Ricciarelli (pictured).

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Herself you shall adore

From an early Mike Richter CD-ROM, “Odd Opera” comes this gem, a live performance of Handel’s Semele at Carnegie Hall on February 23, 1985, the 300th anniversary of the composer’s birth.

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