Kathleen Battle gets a call back to the Metmain
The soprano, fired in February 1994 by general manager Joe Volpe for impossible behaviour, is being invited back for a farewell recital. Battle, 68, is keen to mend bridges.
She is still represented by CAMI, James Levine’s agency, and is still supported by the ailing music director. Levine demonstratively accompanied her in recital at Carnegie Hall not long after she was fired from the Met.
She will sing a recital on Nov. 13 titled, ‘Underground Railroad-A Spiritual Journey.’
Pianist Joel Martin will accompany, together with a choir under the direction of James Davis Jr., director of music ministries and fine arts at New York’s Abyssinian Baptist Church.