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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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Why have you kept me waiting so long?

Kathy BattleSoprano Kathleen Battle will return to the stage of the Metropolitan Opera for the first time in more than two decades when she sings her program “Underground Railroad – A Spiritual Journey” there November 13. [New York Times]