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Kathleen Battle

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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 the idea of beauty and include all kinds.”