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Kathleen Battle Returns to the Met after 22 Years

Soprano Kathleen Battle, who was fired from the Metropolitan Opera in 1994, has been invited to return next season. 
Battle’s diva-like behavior at the Met was as remarkable as her voice. She is said to have skipped rehearsals, been unprofessional at the rehearsals she attended, and, according to legend, she once phoned her agent from her limousine to ask him to ask the limo driver to adjust the air conditioning. 

On November 13, 2016, Battle will give a recital of spirituals entitled “Kathleen Battle: Underground Railroad - A Spiritual Journey.” Single tickets will go on sale June 26.

For more information about Battle’s firing and re-hiring, see the New York Times article. View a video of Battle performing “Giunse alfin il momento...Deh vieni” from Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro here.

Dr. Amanda Sewell is IPR's music director.