William Horne



Competition Winner

Born: August 10, 1913 (New York, NY)

Died: April 19, 1983 (New York, NY)

William Horne, tenor, performed with New York City Opera. He began his career as a member of the children's chorus of the Metropolitan Opera. He went on to study voice at Curtis from 1935-1938. On June 30, 1937, accompanied by the Meyer Davis Orchestra, he sang "You Are the Reason for My Love Song" at the wedding of Ethel du Pont and Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Jr.

In 1939, Mr. Horne was named a winner of the Naumburg Competition.

Mr. Horne appeared on November 11, 1940 on the NBC Blue Network in a live performance of Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 conducted by Leopold Stokowski leading the NBC Symphony Orchestra with the Westminster Choir.  He was in the 1942 Broadway production of Irving Berlin's "This is the Army."

In 1942, Horne was inducted into the US Army as a private and assigned to Company C at Camp Upton near Yaphank, Long Island.

Horne made his operatic debut with the New York City Opera in 1944, singing the role of Chevalier des Grieux in Puccini's "Manon Lescaut." He sang the title role of Britten's "Peter Grimes" in its first US performance in 1946, conducted by Leonard Bernstein at Tanglewood. He also sang Jo the Loiterer in the 1947 world premiere of Virgil Thomson's "The Mother of Us All." Hone recorded an album of Kurt Weill's songs under the composer's supervision.

William Horne in the role of Jo the Loiterer in 1947 world premiere of Virgil Thomson's "The Mother of Us All"


1939 Naumburg Competition

First Prize

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