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This magnificent mezzo is 80 today

marilyn horne

Friends call her Jackie. She taught America to love Rossini. Then she raised two generations of American singers. Love and respect.

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  1. Her recording of Ravel’s Shéhérazade with Bernstein remains, for me, untouchable.

  2. Sanda Schuldmann says:

    We were at the packed Carnegie Hall celebration for her 60th! An absolutely unforgettable afternoon.

  3. PK Miller says:

    Not just a great singer and artist, but a terrific human being, as well. Jackie has a wonderful sense of humor, never puts on airs, has always been very kind and supportive of young singers! Happy Birthday, Jackie and many, many more! Prosit!!!

  4. Leonard Slatkin says:

    Today she is the leading teacher and inspiration for many of our most gifted young talents. It is impossible not to love her.

  5. I was at her Met debut, which was Sutherland’s first Norma there. Mira o Norma for the ages, and an exciting old fashioned night at the opera.

  6. Carol Blades says:

    I once checked myself out of the hospital against a doctor’s advice to get to a Marilyn Horne master class here in Miami! I’ve been a robust picture of health ever since! :)

  7. Gerrit Jan Fonk says:

    Congratulations Miss Horne. Back in 1989 I spent my savings to go see and hear you in L’Italiana at Covent Garden. ( I live in the Netherlands) The memories of that evening make me feel happy to this day. Last year I had the programme leaf you gratuitously signed for me, beautifully framed, it sits there. On the wall, to remind me that there is beauty , happiness and joy in this world. Thank you for that.
    Gerrit Jan

  8. Larry Schwartz says:

    Marilyn Horne memory: late 80′s, recital at UCLA. Huge program. Lots of applause. Encore. Lots of applause but, really, thank you; you’ve given us an amazing evening. Encore. Lots of applause; in no way are we worthy. I think the lights came up. People started putting on their coats. She comes back on. “Habanera.” I think that I floated out of Royce Hall that night. Thank you, maestra.

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