A Message from Kathleen Battle

In 1976, legendary soprano Kathleen Battle made her professional operatic debut as Rosina in Michigan Opera Theatre’s production of The Barber of Seville.  On Nov. 5, the world-renowned singer returns to Detroit for one performance only at the Detroit Opera House. Ahead of her recital, she shares a message about her time with MOT.


A Message from Kathleen Battle

I am honored and excited to be returning to Michigan Opera Theater Sun., Nov. 5, 2017, 4pm, with a special program Something To Sing About. The very gifted and versatile Joel Martin will be pianist.

Thank you to my friend Wayne Brown (MOT CEO)—with whom I first collaborated when he was General Manager of the Louisville Symphony—for inviting me again to the great city of Detroit, where I have so many family and friends. Through the years Wayne Brown has been a supporter and regularly attended my concerts, recitals and operas, including New York, Washington, D.C., California, Detroit Symphony, etc.

It was Dr. David DiChiera, my friend and founder of Michigan Opera Theatre, who invited me to MOT at the beginning of my career for Barber of Seville and Magic Flute. The experience I gained during the rehearsals and preparation for these imaginative, superb productions provided much of the artistic foundation upon which I rely today.

Something To Sing About relates to experiences shared with my beloved Mother and Father, and is a way of honoring them in the spirit of gratitude, celebration and thanksgiving! The program, often chosen with them in mind, showcases some favorite songs and composers—

Schubert (Nacht und Träume), Mendelssohn (On Wings of Song), Liszt (Die Lorelei), and Rachmaninoff (In the Silence of the Secret Night).

Along the way: likely Gershwin’s Summertime, Ellington’s I Got It Bad, and Scott Joplin’s A Real Slow Drag from his opera Treemonisha—the role of my Broadway debut when I first moved to New York years ago!

And finally we will conclude with Spirituals—beloved and respected the world over: City Called Heaven, This Little Light of Mine, and others.

Please join us for this very special Sunday afternoon November 5:

Something To Sing About!

With Warmest Wishes and Thanks,

Something To Sing About

Kathleen Battle

Joel Martin, Pianist

Presented by Michigan Opera Theatre

Detroit Opera House, 1526 Broadway, Detroit

Sunday Afternoon, November 5, 2017 – 4:00pm