Today, January 16th of 2014, is the 80th Birthday of the great American Mezzo-soprano opera singer!
Marilyn Horne is a great living legend of the opera and a true lady.
She has a huge repertoire that includes Donizetti, Bellini, Bizet, Rossini, Ponchielli, Meyerbeer, Mozart, Verdi, Handel and Vivaldi.
Trivia: Marilyn Horne received many honors during her career.
A New York Times article by Robert Jacobson, editor of Opera News, in celebration of the Met’s 100th anniversary in 1983, listed the hundred greatest singers who had ever performed at the house and included Horne, the only one still actively singing at the time.
She was awarded Yale University’s Sanford Medal.
On July 5, 1986, she performed on the New York Philharmonic’s tribute to the 100th anniversary of the Statue of Liberty, which was televised live on ABC Television.
The orchestra, conducted by Zubin Mehta, performed in Central Park. She sang an aria from Carmen by Georges Bizet.
In 1992 she was awarded the National Medal of Arts.
HAPPY 80TH BIRTHDAY MARILYN HORNE!!! A LIVING LEGEND OF THE OPERA!!!