Marilyn Horne

Marilyn Horne

Last updated: 13 April 2011

Jury member: both competitions

Marilyn Horne is one of America's best-loved artists and a popular performer throughout the world.

Her five-decade career in opera, concert, and recital has been celebrated throughout the world for the power and artistry of her unique and dazzling mezzo-soprano coloratura, and for her revival of many forgotten Rossini, Handel, Vivaldi and Bellini operas.

She was named a Kennedy Center Honoree in 1995, and was awarded the Fidelio Gold Medal by the International Association of Opera Directors. She is in the American Classical Music Hall of Fame, and has several Grammy Awards.

In 2009, Marilyn Horne was honoured with the Opera News Award and celebrated her 75th birthday and the 15th anniversary of the founding of her Foundation with a star-studded gala concert at Carnegie Hall.

Miss Horne launched the Marilyn Horne Foundation in 1994 to support young singers and the art of the song. In 2010 the programmes, for which she is Artistic Director, became the Marilyn Horne Legacy at Carnegie Hall New York City.

She is Vocal Programme Director at the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, and each season is engaged for master class residencies at the University of Oklahoma at Norman, Oberlin College Conservatory of Music, Manhattan School of Music, Lyric Opera of Chicago and the University of Maryland at College Park.

This is Miss Horne's fifth visit to the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World jury.

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