Kathleen Battle (born August 13, 1948) is an American soprano.
She was born in Portsmouth, Ohio. Battle is known for the timbre of her lyric coloratura voice, and has been a particular favourite of conductor James Levine. Audiences have had trouble reconciling the sound of a voice that has been called 'angelic' with her reportedly eccentric and tempermental nature.
Disputes with the Metropolitan Opera in New York led to her highly-publicized firing; despite this, Kathleen Battle remains a favourite on the concert scene.