She helped me feel like I could take risks with the music, which you’re often told not to do. When you watch her, you see that it makes a difference. From now on, I am not going to be afraid to individualize my performances to the max. I won’t be afraid of liberties, if the score permits them. I know I can do it.
on Marilyn Horne's influence; 2005, as quoted by Zachary Lewis  and edited into the Oberlin Review article The Marilyn Horne Experience