NEA Opera Honors: Marilyn Horne Tribute

Marilyn Horne's voice seems to start at the center of the earth and end in the ether. Combining power and flexibility, Horne set a new standard and expanded the repertoire for generations of mezzos to come.

Equally celebrated and revered for her concert and recital singing, Marilyn Horne has graced virtually all of the great opera and concert stages of the world, including the Metropolitan Opera, La Scala and Carnegie Hall.

The winner of innumerable awards, including the National Medal of the Arts (1992) and the Kennedy Center Honors (1995), she has a second, equally important career as a teacher and guardian of the vocal recital. Through the Marilyn Horne Foundation, which she founded in 1994, young singers receive important training in the art of recital, as well as opportunities to perform.