Oberlin College and Conservatory

Guest Master Class: Marilyn Horne Master Classes

Friday, April 20, 2018 at 8:00pm to 10:00pm

Finney Chapel
90 North Professor Street, Oberlin, OH 44074

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Heralded mezzo-soprano Marilyn Horne returns for her 13th annual master classes offered as part of the Oberlin College Artist Recital Series, featuring performances by outstanding Oberlin Conservatory voice students.

Tickets: $5.

Free for ARS subscribers and OCID.

*Admission by individual ticket. Tickets can be obtained through Oberlin College Central Ticket Service (CTS) at 440-775-8169 or 800-371-0178.

The distinguished professorship of voice is made possible with the generous support of Stephen Rubin through the Marilyn Horne Professorship and Residency Fund.

This master class is presented by the Conservatory of Music at Oberlin College in association with the Marilyn Horne Foundation.


A singer whose voice has been compared to Vladimir Horowitz's piano and Jascha Heifetz's violin, Marilyn Horne has been called "the greatest singer in the world" by Opera News and has been recognized by the New York Times as being "the most American of all operatic singers." Horne is known for her dramatic range, singing everything from Gioachino Rossini to William Bolcom, "Danny Boy" to George Handel's Rinaldo.

She is credited in Italy as being the interpreter of Gioachino Rossini and is recognized worldwide for her bel canto and versatile style of singing. She has a made a career of nourishing and popularizing new American music, whether it be contemporary or opera.

Horne, born January 16, 1934 in Bradford, Pennsylvania, began her singing career at the age of 2, singing songs around the piano bench. At the age of 4, Horne sang at an FDR rally. Her parents moved to Los Angeles when she was 11; she took vocal studies at the University of Southern California and participated in Lotte Lehmann's vocal classes.

Her first public performance was in 1954, when she was the dubbed voice of Dorothy Dandridge in the film Carmen Jones. She made her Los Angeles debut the same year when she performed in the Bartered Bride as Hata. Her singing ability was recognized by Igor Stravinsky, and her operatic career began when he invited her to perform in the 1956 Vienna festival. She remained in Europe for three seasons singing for the Gelsenkirchen Opera.

In 1964, she returned to the United States to perform in the San Francisco Opera, landing the role of Marie in Berg's Wozzeck.  Horne's most notable association was with the Australian opera singer Dame Joan Sutherland, first working with Sutherland in 1961 at Carnegie Hall.

In 1965, they were paired again in an unforgettable performance in Boston of Rossini's Semiramide. Her partnership with Dame Sutherland led to her Metropolitan Opera debut in 1970. Horne has performed for various presidents, including at the inauguration of President Bill Clinton.



La vie antérieure (Baudelaire)                                                           Henri Duparc

Donde lieta uscì from La Bohème                                                      Giacomo Puccini


Cara Bender, soprano

Javier Gonzalez, piano


Er, der Herrlichste von allen from Frauenliebe und -leben               Robert Schumann      

Va, laisse couler mes larmes from Werther                                     Jules Massenet


Olivia Cosio, mezzo-soprano

Lucas Porter, piano


Doppelgänger (Heine)                                                                                    Franz Schubert

Von ewiger Liebe (von Fallersleben)                                                 Johannes Brahms


Cory McGee, bass-baritone

Lucas Porter, piano


Ein Traum (von Bodenstedt)                                                              Edvard Grieg

Porgi amor from Le nozze di Figaro                                                   Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart


Diana Schwam, soprano

Lucas Porter, piano




Quanto e bella from L’elisir d’amore                                                 Gaetano Donizetti     

Dalla sua pace from Don Giovanni                                                     Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart


Nicholas Music, tenor

Javier Gonzalez, piano


O quante volte from I Capuletti e i Montecchi                                  Vincenzo Bellini

Du gai soleil from Werther                                                                Jules Massenet


Elise Volkmann, soprano

Javier Gonzalez, piano

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Signature Programs, Artist Recital Series, Master Class


Academic, Vocal Studies, Administrative, Conservatory of Music


$5 public, free for students, Artist Recital Series subscribers, and OC staff, faculty, and alumni

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