Mezzo-soprano singer Rise Stevens, dead at 99. Photo Credit: AFP
| Published: Mar 22 2013 Celebrities
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NEW YORK — Mezzo-soprano opera star Rise Stevens, who sang with the Metropolitan Opera (Met) for more than 20 years spanning the 1940s and 1950s, has died. She was 99.
Stevens died Wednesday night at her Manhattan home, said her son, Nicolas Surovy.
Stevens started singing with the Met in 1938, on tour in Philadelphia. Among her greatest roles was the title character in the opera “Carmen,” which she sang for 124 performances.
Among her other celebrated roles were Octavian in “Der Rosenkavalier,” Orfeo in “Orfeo ed Euridice,” Orlovsky in “Die Fledermaus,” Cherubino in “The Marriage of Figaro” and Dalila in “Samson et Dalila.”
In 1990, she was chosen for the Kennedy Center Honors, hailed as a singer “who raised the art of opera in this country to its highest level.”
Stevens was born Rise (Ree-Zah) Steenberg in New York. She made her professional opera debut in Prague, where she met her husband of more than a half-century, actor Walter Surovy. Nicolas Surovy was their only child.
Rise Stevens is also survived by her granddaughter. No funeral will be held, but a private memorial is planned.
Rise Stevens had a mezzo-soprano voice, which is a type of classical female singing voice that is generally heavier and darker in tone than sopranos.
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