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Kathleen Battle in Florida.

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#1 Ed Waffle

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Posted 27 March 2003 - 07:16 PM

From the review--follow the link below for all of it:

"The petite soprano's scorched-earth displays of temperament are the stuff of legend, and Monday night her capable if prosaic pianist Howard Watkins was visited with Battle's unique brand of shock and awe."


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Posted 28 March 2003 - 02:21 AM

"The soprano repeatedly cued him with impatient arm waves, once stamping her foot and hitting the piano lid in frustration. After they exited the stage at intermission, with Battle vehemently remonstrating with the rattled pianist, one half-expected to see Watkins return for the second half with his head bandaged."


#3 Mel Johnson

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Posted 28 March 2003 - 04:34 AM

I believe that after the diva's performances with the Chicago Lyric Opera, the stage crew had tee shirts made up that read, "I Survived The Battle." They become a hot item with the rest of the company!

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Posted 28 March 2003 - 12:19 PM

Interesting, I heard the same anecdote, only it was San Francisco Opera.

I am sorry for her. This isn't artistic temperament, it's self-destruction.

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