A Master With a Mission, Despite Her Personal Trials

By ANTHONY TOMMASINI [NY Times, 27 January 2006]
“I’m making you sing a little louder than you’re used to, right?” the legendary mezzo-soprano Marilyn Horne asked, seeming very sympathetic. She was speaking to Kathryn Leemhuis, one of six young singers in her master class at Zankel Hall on Tuesday night. “Well,” Ms. Horne continued with good-natured bluntness, “you should get used to it, honey. There is the small time, the medium time and the big time. This is the big time. ‘Sing out, Louise!’ ”