Saving the Song

George Loomis [NY Sun, 23 January 2007]
In January 1994, an array of singers assembled in Carnegie Hall to celebrate Marilyn Horne’s 60th birthday. Though any opera house would have envied the talent on hand, these musicians didn’t sing opera ó they sang songs. Ms. Horne’s brilliant career as a mezzo-soprano was far from over, but she had embarked on a new crusade: the song recital. Ms. Horne had recognized a decline in its popularity, and she resolved to do something about it.