Renowned Opera Great Marilyn Horne Coming to the Historic Asolo Theater
Sarasota, FL – Feb. 8, 2007 – Renowned opera great Marilyn Horne will reflect on her life as an international star as well as her quest to support future singers in Marilyn Horne: The Song Continues at the Historic Asolo Theater at The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art on Wednesday, March 12 at 5:30 p.m.
This program is the second in the Conversations With the Legendary Artists of the Stage series hosted by June LeBell.
“Horne’s contributions to the world of opera are unparalleled, first as a singer and now as a teacher and philanthropist,” said June LeBell, host of the Conversations With the Legendary Artists of the Stage series. “Her quest to prepare young singers for classical music will ensure that opera endures for generations to come.”
Known throughout the world as one of the greatest mezzo-sopranos of all time, Horne has contributed to the opera world for more than 40 years. At the age of twenty, Horne took the role of Hata in Smetana's The Bartered Bride for the Los Angeles Guild Opera. After her father’s death she traveled to Germany, joined the Gelsenkirchen Opera Company and sang soprano in various roles including Marie in Berg's Wozzeck, a role that eventually brought her back to the United States. Garnering much fame, Horne performed regularly in the world's great opera houses such as Covent Garden, La Scala and the Metropolitan Opera.
In 1993, Horne founded the Marilyn Horne Foundation, Inc., one of the leading non-profit vocal arts organizations in the country. Her goal is to provide opportunities for young singers to prepare and perform vocal recitals as a means to develop their singing careers. Horne also seeks to perpetuate the vocal recital as a viable art form in the United States.
A book-signing and reception will follow the program.
June LeBell is a renowned music critic and was the first female broadcaster for New York City’s famed WQXR classical music station.
A Master’s by Horne will be held in the Historic Asolo Theater on Thursday, March 13 at 2 p.m. The is open to the public and tickets are $20 and $18 for Ringing Members. Tickets to the Master’s are not included with the program tickets.
Tickets for Marilyn Horne: The Song Continues are $30 and $27 for Ringling Members. A series of tickets for all three programs in the Conversations With the Legendary Artistsof the Stage series may be purchased for $81 and $72 for Ringling Members. The series includes Sherill Milnes, American Aria: Encore, Marilyn Horne: The Song Continues and Jacques d’Amboise: He Makes Me Feel Like Dancing. Tickets are available at the Historic Asolo Theater Box Office by calling 941.360.7399 or visiting www.ringling.org.
This program is sponsored in part by the Longboat Key Club and Resort.