MusicMan87 saidwould anyone get mad if I said I thought Sarah Brightman sounded cheesy and didnt have that great of a voice? I mean check out Kathleen Battle or Sumi Jo, now those are voices I'll get off my soapbox now
OMG I looooove Kathleen Battle singing "Lovers" from House of Flying Daggers, but she's really gone crazy. My voice teacher and I saw her in San Fran a few years ago and she kept having her pianist start over, she kept walking off-stage, and was quite heavy, and her high notes were not there.
Yes, the Kathleen Battle story is very sad. Here's the Times
story from when the Met dismissed her:http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9901EEDE1738F93BA35751C0A962958260
The article doesn't mention the incident that seems to have been the first major indication that she had problems. This was when she was playing Susannah in The Marriage of Figaro
at the Met. The tradition when they perform Figaro
at the Met is that the star dressing room goes to the soprano singing the Countess. It doesn't seem fair since Susannah has been cited as the longest soprano role in the standard rep and the Countess is a fairly short role, but that's the way it's always been.
Whether it's because she felt Susannah was the tougher and longer role or whether it was because she felt she was the bigger name, one afternoon she went into the dressing room of Carol Vaness, who was playing the Countess, and started throwing Vaness's belongings out of it and then brought her own stuff in.
I wonder if she's ever had any professional help. It's sad to see someone destroy her own career the way Battle has.