The festival was created by the legendary mezzo-soprano in 1997, and is now presented by Carnegie's Weill Music Institute with the Marilyn Horne Foundation.
The four-day event includes master classes led by Horne (January 25), soprano Benita Valente (January 26), and conductor James Levine (January 27); recitals by several young singers associated with the Marilyn Horne Foundation; and a gala concert on January 28 hosted by Horne with bass Ren_ Pape.
Among the recitals is a January 26 concert featuring the world premiere of John Musto's song cycle viva sweet love, sung by bass Jason Hardy.
The Marilyn Horne Foundation was founded in 1994 to encourage the development of young singers and of the art of the vocal recital. The organization presents concerts, gives grants to concert presenters, and commissions new works.