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Met’s legendary Carmen dies, at 99

Rise Stevens, who held the mezzo corner at the Met against all comers through the 1940s and 50s, has died at a venerable age. Aside from Carmen, she held a lockdown on Octavian in Der Rosenkavalier, New York born and bred, she was one of the Met’s few home-grown stars.

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  1. My first Carmen.

  2. Grand lady of opera (not to forget her inimitable Delilah), still pert and alert at the age of 98!

  3. Clarice Carson, in Toronto, says: Rise and her husband were my first mentors and I’ll never forget them.

  4. Francesca LaPlante Sosnowsky says:

    A national treasure! Thank God for recordings….we can listen and keep her in our hearts forever. Just think…Pavarotti, Sutherland, Rise, and “Bubbles”. all singing opera in heaven for all eternity.

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