Marilyn Horne  (Horne & Scovell)       (9781880909713)
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Marilyn Horne  (Horne & Scovell)       (9781880909713)
B0089. MARILYN HORNE & JANE SCOVELL. Marilyn Horne: The Song Continues. Accompanied by Horne CD. Fort Worth, TX, Baskerville, 2004. 295pp. Index; Discography; Photos; DJ. - 9781880909713 1-880909-71-5


"The Mezzo sopranos are not the leading ladies in opera, the soprano is, but American-born Marilyn Horne became as big a star as any dramatic soprano diva. Her career span the 60's, 70's and 80's, she sang in all the leading opera houses - The Met, Covent Garden, La Scala, etc., and was an artist who upheld the most consummate musicianship. Her voice was not as dark or deep as the voices of such mezzos as Giuletta Simionato, Fiorenza Cossotto, Grace Bumbry and Shirley Verrett. Hers was a voice that had a brassy, dramatic ring to it though she was clearly in her element as Rossini heroines- Neocle in SEMIRAMIDE, Rosina in BARBER OF SEVILLE, LA CENERENTOLA - and she sang Carmen and Adalgisa in NORMA opposite Joan Sutherland. She sang trouser roles like Cherubino. Not being in the spotlight was at first a struggle for Horne, but she overcame this by her dedication and sheer vocal artistry. Her voice is beautiful and BIG, a mezzo with lyric bravura and coloratura to boot. In her candid autobiography, she is warm and frank about all details of her career and her life. Marilyn Horne is still a very loved American singer."

- Ned Ludd