A Singing Legacy:  On this day, August 13, 1948, one of the world’s greatest sopranos was born in Portsmouth, Ohio.

by Patrick D. McCoy

The voice of soprano Kathleen Battle is one that is unforgettable.  Clear, precise, beautiful or angelic are some of the adjectives used to describe her wondrous gift.  Marking her 69th birthday, Ms. Battle continues to be a major presence on the concert stage.  This time around, she is using her voice to elevate the plight of the disenfranchised with her signature musical offering:  “Underground Railroad.”  Since premiering this special concert seven years ago with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and the Morgan State University Choir at the neighboring Music Center Strathmore in Bethesda, the soprano since has performed it all over the country with leading choirs and orchestras.

On November 13, 2016, many of Ms. Battle’s devout fans packed the Metropolitan Opera House for her triumphant and well-deserved return.  It was there that she again presented her signature “Underground Railroad.”   A magnificent evening, Ms. Battle was in very fine voice, surrounded by the voices of the expertly prepared choir by Rachael Blackburn and Stephanie Fisher.

If you have not heard Ms. Battle in this season of her career, this is certainly the time to do so.  The 2017-18 concert season promises that Kathleen Battle will be near you.  Washington, D.C. audiences are will be excited that Ms. Battle will reprise “Underground Railroad” this time around at The Kennedy Center-January 2018!!!!!