William Horne Collection (MSS 03), 1826-1970 (Bulk 1936-49)

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Summary Information

Curtis Institute of Music Archives
Horne, William, 1913-1983
William Horne collection
MSS 03
Date [bulk]
Bulk, 1936-1949
Date [inclusive]
2.0 Linear feet (2 photo boxes)
The collection is arranged in the following series: 1. Progams and memorabilia; 2. Photographs; 3. Miscellaneous.
The collection comprises programs, photographs, and memorabilia concerning Horne’s performances as a tenor in Broadway and opera performances in the 1940s.

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The tenor William Horne, winner of the Naumberg award in 1939, attended the Curtis Institute of Music as a student of Emilio de Gorgoza (1934-38). In 1942 he appeared on Broadway in the Irving Berlin revue This is the Army. In 1944 he made his New York City Opera debut in Puccini’s Manon Lescaut and participated in the Broadway operetta Helen Goes To Troy. Additional major opera performances include Benjamin Britten’s Peter Grimes (1946), and Virgil Thompson’s The Mother of Us All (1947). In 1948, Horne recorded an album of Kurt Weill’s songs under Weil’s supervision.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Curtis Institute of Music Archives 2015

1726 Locust Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103


The collection is open for research.


Gift of Lys Bert Symonette (Voice ’39) via the Kurt Weill Foundation, 1991.

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Controlled Access Headings

Personal Name(s)

  • Horne, William, 1913-1983
  • Symonette, Lys, 1918-

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Collection Inventory

1. Programs and memorabilia 1936-70

Scrapbook pages 1936-37 1
Opera programs 1939-49 and not dated 2
Press materials, cllppings, and programs 1939-56 2
Letter from Irving Berlin to “Private Bill Horn” concerning performing in This is the Army 1942, Jul 13 2
Letter from Erich Wolfgang Korngold to the company of Helen goes to Troy 1944, May 29 2
Magazines covering opera performances 1945-55 2
“Mother of Us All”- Scrapbook 1949 1
Artwork by Maria Lucca signed “to Bill from Maria Lucca 1970” 1970 2
Brochures of recordings not dated 2

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2. Photographs c. 1940-c. 1957

Headshots and publicity photographs c. 1940-c. 1950 1
This is the Army c. 1942 1
Manon Lescaut c. 1944 1
The Mother of us All c. 1947 1
Unidentified Not dated 1

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3. Miscellaneous 1926-28, not dated

Theatre Royal playbills 1926, 1928 1
Everybody’s favorite songs not dated 2
Judith, opera by Eugene Goosens (1927) not dated 2

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