Battle, Kathleen. (b. 1948)
Color halftone Gerd Ludwig photograph of the American operatic soprano, who has boldly signed in black felt-tip to the right edge. The image is printed to a loose magazine leaf from an unknown publication, with text to the lower portion reading "Kathleen Battle / Vastly gifted, fiercely perfectionist lyric coloratura soprano, daughter of an Ohio steelworker; 41. Solo. / 'I'm particularly fascinated with black beauty. We are such a spectrum of skin shades and hair textures. When "black is beautiful" was the call of the '60s, that helped broaden the definition of beauty. I hope we continue to open up to the idea of beauty and include all kinds.'" In fine condition. 6 x 8 inches (15.2 x 20.3 cm.).
"Soprano Kathleen Battle's luminous voice has been called 'without qualification, one of the very few most beautiful in the world.' Yet beyond the glory of her singing, in a career filled with countless accolades, honors and major milestones, what has perhaps distinguished her most is her almost magical ability to create an unwavering emotional bond between herself, her music and her audience." (The Kennedy Center)