Celebrating Marilyn Horne

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Saturday, January 18, 2014

Joan Sutherland and Marilyn Horne in Norma Joan Sutherland and Marilyn Horne in Norma

This week on Operavore we're changing it up in honor of Marilyn Horne's 80th birthday, which was on Thursday. A frequent host on Operavore, Horne is instead the main event – giving our audience the opportunity to hear all the details of her extraordinary career on the stage. 

On this episode, we explore Marilyn Horne's legacy in her own words through interview selections from the WQXR and Operavore archives. In one excerpt, The Vocal Scene host George Jellinek uncovers Horne's hilarious experiences as a bearded "Primo Uomo." She also discusses her discovery of Joan Sutherland's work and her subsequent performances with the beloved soprano. Watch the two sing "Mira, O Norma" from Bellini's Norma. And, just for fun, we've also included Marilyn Horne singing "I dream of Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair" on the Johnny Carson show. 

 

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Playlist:

George Frideric Handel Rinaldo, HWV 7 “Or la tromba in suon festante”
I Solisti Veneti; Claudio Scimone, conductor; Marilyn Horne, mezzo-soprano
Erato 14069

Camille Saint-Saëns Samson et Dalila, Op. 47 “Mon coeur s'ouvre à ta voix”
Vienna Opera Orchestra; Henry Lewis, conductor; Marilyn Horne, mezzo-soprano
Decca 000151202

Gioachino Rossini L'italiana in Algeri “Cruda sorte! Amor tiranno!”
Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra; Henry Lewis, conductor; Marilyn Horne, mezzo-soprano
London/Decca 458219

Alban Berg Wozzeck, Op. 7 “Und ist kein Betrug in seinem Munde erfunden worden”
Lukas Foss, conductor; Marilyn Horne, mezzo-soprano
Gala 568

George Frideric Handel Agrippina, HWV 6 “Bel piacere”
I Solisti Veneti; Marilyn Horne, mezzo-soprano; Claudio Scimone, conductor
Apex 460519

Antonio Vivaldi Orlando furioso, RV 728 “Nel profondo”
I Solisti Veneti; Claudio Scimone, conductor; Marilyn Horne, mezzo-soprano
Warner Classics 79266

George Frideric Handel Rinaldo, HWV 7 “Or la tromba in suon festante”
I Solisti Veneti; Claudio Scimone, conductor; Marilyn Horne, mezzo-soprano
Erato 14069

Gioachino Rossini Semiramide “Ah! quel giorno ognor rammento”
Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra; Henry Lewis, conductor; Marilyn Horne, mezzo-soprano
Decca 000214402

Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II set to music by George Bizet
Carmen Jones original soundtrack “Dat’s Love” (Habanera)
Marilyn Horne, mezzo-soprano

Georges Bizet Carmen “C'est toi? C'est moi!”
Metropolitan Opera Orchestra; Leonard Bernstein, conductor; Marilyn Horne, mezzo-soprano; James McCracken, tenor
Deutsche Grammophon 427440

Vincenzo Bellini Norma “Mira, o Norma...Sì, fino all'ore estreme”
London Symphony Orchestra; Richard Bonynge, conductor; Marilyn Horne, mezzo-soprano; Joan Sutherland, soprano
Decca 000151202

Stephen Foster “Jeannie with the light brown hair”
Marilyn Horne, mezzo-soprano; Osian Ellis, harp
Decca 000151202

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