Marilyn Horne was honored as a Stamps Distinguished Visitor during the 2004-2005 season at the University of Miami Frost School of Music as one of the world’s most popular operatic performers. She received numerous accolades and honors in the arts as well as academia. A mezzo-soprano, Horne has sung at the Reagan, Bush and Clinton White Houses and at President Clinton’s inauguration in 1993. Horne celebrated 26 years as the leading lady at the Metropolitan Opera and in 1999, was honored for her 39 seasons at the San Francisco Opera. Today, she serves as chair of the Voice Department at the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, California, of which she is also an alumnus. She is the recipient of numerous academic awards, including honorary doctorates from the Julliard School, Johns Hopkins University, and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.
Among Horne’s many worldwide prizes are the Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters from France’s Ministry of Culture, the Commendatore al Merito della Repubblica Italiana, the Fidelio Gold Medal from the International Association of Opera Directors, and the Covent Garden Silver Medal for Outstanding Service. Horne’s international success in the most difficult of coloratura mezzo-soprano roles led to the revival of many of Rossini and Handel’s greatest operas. In an unprecedented move, Horne received Italy’s first Rossini Medaglia d’Oro, created especially for her.
Horne has won several Grammy awards for her operatic recordings, including Handel’s Semele, Presenting Marilyn Horne, In Concert at the Met with Leontyne Price and Marilyn Horne, and Carmen. She was given a Lifetime Achievement Grammy Award in 2001 from the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, and in 1999, was inducted into the American Classical Music Hall of Fame.