Anyone who loves singing and singing voices must certainly have elevated Marilyn Horne to the pantheon of music’s greatest singers. Not just because of the rarity, beauty, and virtuosity of her extraordinary coloratura mezzo soprano. But also because of this American-born- and- trained artist’s great versatility and range. Few others could negotiate the florid arias and duets with such fluidity and harmonious blend as she did in the Bellini and Rossini operas she performed with Dame Joan Sutherland or the Handel and Rossini works in which she was the undisputed star. And few could then switch gears so completely and take one’s breath away with gorgeously and simply phrased American songbook classics like “Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair” or “Beautiful Dreamer.”
After an illustrious international performing career, Horne has devoted herself to the artistic and vocal development of young singers through her Marilyn Horne Foundation and her work as Vocal Program Director at the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, California.
NEC is thrilled that Horne will share her insights and knowledge with our voice and opera students in a residency that includes two public masterclasses as well as private coachings. Observing her interaction with our young artists will be an unforgettable experience. Join us Friday October 11 for the second public masterclass.
Marilyn Horne Biography
Opera News has called her “maybe the most influential singer in American history.”
One of America’s most beloved artists, the renowned mezzo soprano Marilyn Horne has received numerous accolades and honors in the arts as well as academia. She was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in October 2009 and the next month was honored in Washington, DC as the 2009 recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts Opera Honors. President Clinton named her a Kennedy Center Honoree in 1995. In 1992, she received the National Medal of the Arts from President Bush and the Endowment for the Arts. Miss Horne sang at the Reagan, Bush, and Clinton White Houses and at President Clinton’s inauguration in 1993.
In January of 2009 she celebrated her 75th Birthday and the 15th Anniversary of the founding of the Marilyn Horne Foundation with a star-studded Gala concert at Carnegie Hall.
Miss Horne celebrated twenty-six years as a leading lady at the Metropolitan Opera, and was honored at the San Francisco Opera for her thirty-nine seasons there in October 1999.
In celebration of her 60th birthday in January of 1994, Miss Horne launched The Marilyn Horne Foundation, dedicated to the art of the vocal recital and presentation of young singers in recital throughout the United States. In its 16 years, the Foundation introduced over 30,000 students to the vocal recital and classical song through more than 300 education programs across the country, along with full recital appearances in New York City and many cities throughout the nation. In July 2010 the Foundation’s programs became part of the venerable Carnegie Hall.