The Marilyn Horne Matinee

Jan. 13-17 at 2 pm on the Operavore Stream

Monday, January 13, 2014 - 01:00 PM

This Thursday, Jan. 16, Marilyn Horne, the legendary mezzo-soprano and Operavore show host, celebrates her 80th birthday. In commemoration, the Operavore stream presents one of her signature opera performances every day at 2 pm from Jan. 13-17. On tap are vintage performances of Bellini, Rossini, Handel and Bizet. Below is a full schedule.


Vincenzo Bellini: Norma
Norma – Joan Sutherland
Pollione – John Alexander
Adalgisa – Marilyn Horne
Oroveso – Richard Cross
Clotilde – Yvonne Minton
Flavio – Joseph Ward
London Symphony Orchestra & Chorus
Richard Bonynge, conductor


Gioacchino Rossini: L’Italiana in Algeri  
Mustafa Bey d’Algeri – Samuel Ramey
Elvira – Kathleen Battle
Zulma – Clara Foti
Haly – Nicola Zaccaria
Lindoro – Ernesto Palacio
Isabella – Marilyn Horne
Taddeo – Domenico Trimarchi
Coro Filarmonico di Praga
I Solisti Veneti
Claudio Scimone, conductor


George Frideric Handel: Semele
Semele – Kathleen Battle
Juno/Ino – Marilyn Horne
Cadmus/Somnus – Samuel Ramey
Jupiter – John Aler
Athamas – Michael Chance
Apollo – Neil Mackie
Iris – Sylvia McNair
Priest – Mark S. Doss
Ambrosian Opera Chorus
English Chamber Orchestra
John Nelson, conductor


Georges Bizet: Carmen
Carmen – Marilyn Horne
Don Jose – James McCracken
Escamillo – Tom Krause
Micaela – Adriana Maliponte
Frasquita – Colette Boky
Mercedes – Marcia Baldwin
Zuniga – Donald Gramm
Dancaire – Russell Christopher
Remenadado – Andrea Velis
Morales – Raymond Gibbs
The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Children’s Chorus
The Manhattan Opera Chorus
Leonard Bernstein, conductor


Gioacchino Rossini: Il Barbiere di Siviglia
Figaro – Leo Nucci
Rosina – Marilyn Horne
Dr. Bartolo – Enzo Dara
Don Basilio – Samuel Ramey
Conte d’Almaviva – Paolo Barbacini
Fiorello – Simone Alaimo
Berta – Raquel Pierotti
Un Ufficiale – Silvestro Sammaritano
Ambrogio – Carlo Folcia
Orchestra & Chorus of Teatro alla Scala, Milan
Riccardo Chailly, conductor


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Comments [6]

melliss k. swenson from Sarasota, Fl

She is "the" mezzo in my life and I have been a fan since 10 years old and am now 74. Her duets with Sutherland will stay with me forever. Her technique is par none.

Also, she is a delightful person and I applaud her efforts to teach and keep her technique going.

Happy, happy birthday Miss Horne!

Melliss Kenworthy Swenson
Sarasota, Fl

Jan. 16 2014 06:31 PM


Jan. 16 2014 01:34 PM
Adele from Nassau County, Long Island

Happy Birthday to Marilyn Horne! Her voice was a miracle! They don't make them like that any more! Thanks for the many hours of enjoyment listening to that voice live and also on recordings.

Thanks to WQXR for celebrating Marilyn's birthday, for bringing listeners the Marilyn Horne matinee each day this week, and for her presence on the Saturday afternoon Operavore program.

Jan. 16 2014 03:24 AM

Dear eqjones:

WQXR is pretty good about fixing those things (and they did) once they are pointed out. Alas, they shouldn't make it to print that way in the first place.


Jan. 16 2014 12:20 AM
eqjones from brooklyn

Orchestra & Chorus of Teatro alla Scala, Milan
Riccardo Chilly, conductor


Jan. 14 2014 05:35 AM
Sanford Rothenberg from Brooklyn

These choices,presumably Horne's personal picks,do,to some extent,reflect the prevailing opinion of her best roles,although her Arsace in "Semiramide" might be considered preferable to her "Carmen".Fortunately,there was no example of a self-indulgent choice of a role for which she was excoriated,such as her transposed "O Don Fatale" as Eboli in"Don Carlo".

Jan. 13 2014 06:40 PM

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