"Marilyn Horne - whose face and song have been the light -in so many places, in so many styles, through so many media, for so many years -may be the most influential singer in American history." Opera News -January, 2002
Marilyn Horne's 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. “One of the greatest operatic mezzo sopranos in history,” Horne launched the Marilyn Horne Foundation in 1994 to support young singers and the art of the song. She is Vocal Program Director at the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, and each season she is engaged for master class residencies at the University of Oklahoma at Norman, Oberlin College Conservatory of Music, Lyric Opera of Chicago and the University of Maryland at College Park.