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From Student To Teacher
Marilyn Horne

by Joanie Brittingham



Horne as Isabella in l’italiana in Algeri
Marilyn Horne, one of the best known singers in the world and whose singing career spanned five decades, continues to dominate the field of vocal music as a sought-after teacher. Celebrating her 80th birthday this month, Horne has achieved the kind of career longevity that singers dream of accomplishing. Opera News proclaimed that she “may be the most influential singer in American history.” With a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, a Lifetime Achievement Award from Gramophone magazine, and a National Medal of Arts (1992)—along with being a Kennedy Center Honoree (1995), a National Endowment for the Arts Opera Honors recipient (2009), and inductee into the American Classical Music and Hollywood Bowl Halls of Fame—it is clear that she is a great force in the music world. She is the recipient of three Grammy Awards, has made over 100 recordings, and has performed in over 1,300 recitals, along with performances at the greatest opera houses in the world.

Despite all of the...
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