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Mezzo-soprano opera star Rise Stevens dies at 99
miamiherald.com ^ | Posted on Thursday, 03.21.13 | DEEPTI HAJELA

Posted on 03/24/2013 5:43:53 PM PDT by massmike

Mezzo-soprano opera star Rise Stevens, who sang with the Metropolitan Opera 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.

Her brief Hollywood career began in 1941 opposite Nelson Eddy in "The Chocolate Soldier." ("He really could have had an operatic career, but he just made too much money, too soft and too easy," she recalled.)

The success of "The Chocolate Soldier" led to a role in the 1944 Bing Crosby smash "Going My Way," which won several Academy Awards, including best picture.

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1 posted on 03/24/2013 5:43:53 PM PDT by massmike
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To: massmike

Rise Stevens - Going My Way

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KKLbBHNU3EQ


2 posted on 03/24/2013 5:44:27 PM PDT by massmike (At least no one is wearing a "Ron Paul - 2016" tee shirt........yet!)
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She was specially smooth to my ear . God’s gain, our loss


3 posted on 03/24/2013 6:35:21 PM PDT by Broker (Obama, the devils fart.)
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So sad. Was just commenting the other day that her 100th birthday was approaching. A life so well lived and one that brought joy literally to millions. RIP Rise. The Heavenly Choir has gotten much better.
4 posted on 03/24/2013 7:04:31 PM PDT by twister881
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To: massmike

Going My Way is one of my favorite movies.

I never realized Rise was still with us. Going My Way was such a great film, and not “politically correct” - very few people today would not have it on their list of favorite movies - they would go for the more trendy ones like Some Like it Hot or Casablanca.

Going My Way is on my list of “must see” movies every Christmas. I love the relationship between the old and young priests, and of course “Swinging on a Star” is special.


5 posted on 03/24/2013 7:52:49 PM PDT by I still care (I miss my friends, bagels, and the NYC skyline - but not the taxes. I love the South.)
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