Personalities | Marilyn Horne | Modern Era | Opera
b. 1934, American
One of the great mezzo-sopranos of the twentieth century, Horne studied with William Venard and dubbed the voice of Dorothy Dandridge in the 1954 film Carmen Jones. She was admired by Stravinsky, who invited her to perform in the 1956 Vienna Festival; she remained in Europe for three seasons at the Gelsenkirchen Opera. She returned to America in 1960 to perform as Marie in Alban Berg’s Wozzeck. Horne is remembered for her association with Dame Joan Sutherland (b. 1926) and Richard Bonynge in their performance of Rossini’s Semiramide and other bel canto rarities. She also became a stylistic and technical expert on the music of Handel. She has spent the years since her performing career demonstrating her deep commitment to educating and mentoring young singers, notably with her Marilyn Horne Foundation, which has particular dedication to preserving the art of the song recital.
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