Soprano Kathleen Battle will make her debut at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University on Saturday, Sept. 30 with her program “Unground Railroad: A Spiritual Journey.”
The program mirrors the one she put on for her return to the Metropolitan Opera last fall on Nov. 13, 2016 and will feature songs like “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot” and “Wade in the Water,” as well as “I Been ‘Buked” and “Lord, How Come Me Here.”
“Kathleen Battle is one of the most legendary opera singers of all time,” stated Tania Castroverde Moskalenko, CEO of Auditorium Theatre, in a press release. “To have her perform this inspirational program at our historic theatre, accompanied by the most talented Chicago voices, will be a very special occasion.”
Throughout her career, Battle has had a tremendously varied repertoire, performing among many of the great conductors around the world in operas, recitals and choral and symphony works. Her work in Mahler’s fourth symphony is among the best-loved. She was a favorite of James Levine’s during her years at the Met. She has been a champion of George Gershwin’s music and spirituals and has performed for such major figures as Pope Benedict XVI and Pope John Paul II. She has also performed with Alicia Keys and Queen Latifah.