Friday, December 28, 2007
Kathleen Battle to Sing in the New Year in China
World-acclaimed and uber-talented American soprano Kathleen Battle and Chinese pianist Lang Lang, will perform at the international opening of The National Centre for the Performing Arts, Beijing's brand-new state-of-the-art performing arts center. Both artists will appear in special gala performances on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day with the China National Symphony Orchestra led by the highly sought-after Japanese conductor Seiji Ozawa, who is currently the music director of the Vienna State Opera.
An American treasure, Battle has earned countless accolades for her luminous voice called "without qualification, one of the very few most beautiful in the world" by The Washington Post.
Kathleen Battle's performances in China will also mark the beginning of a major year for the five-time Grammy-winning opera singer, who is a favored soloist with the world's most esteemed conductors and orchestras. In spring 2008, Battle will return to New York City's Carnegie Hall for her first recital there in many years. In 1991, Battle made her Carnegie Hall solo recital debut as part of the famed concert hall's 100th anniversary season. A celebrated recording of her performance received a Grammy Award.
Take a minute to view a clip of this diva singing like a bird.