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Risë Stevens (1913–2013)


One of the great voices of the Metropolitan Opera, New York-born mezzo-soprano Rise (pronounced REE-za) Stevens made her debut with the company in 1939 as Octavian in Richard Strauss's "Der Rosenkavalier" in a tour performance in Philadelphia. Her other notable roles in 21 years with the company included the two characterizations most associated ... See full bio »

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Known For

Going My Way Genevieve Linden
(1944)
Journey Back to Oz Glinda, the Good Witch
(1972)
(1958)
(1955)

Filmography

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 1972 Journey Back to Oz
Glinda, the Good Witch (voice)
 1958 Little Women (TV Movie)
Margaret March
 1958 Hansel and Gretel (TV Movie)
Mother
 1956 Producers' Showcase (TV Series)
Carmen in 'Carmen' scene
- Festival of Music (1956) ... Carmen in 'Carmen' scene
 1955 The Chocolate Soldier (TV Movie)
Nadina
 1952 Carmen (TV Movie)
Carmen
 1952 All Star Revue (TV Series)
Guest Opera Mezzo-Soprano
- Episode #3.4 (1952) ... Guest Opera Mezzo-Soprano
 1949 Der Rosenkavalier (TV Movie)
Octavian
 1947 Carnegie Hall
Risë Stevens
 1944 Going My Way
Genevieve Linden
 1941 The Chocolate Soldier
Maria Lanyi
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Other Works:

Was a guest on the radio program "Northerners" on WMAQ, performing "Seguiclilla" from "Carmen", and also "Strange Music" and "Through the Years". See more »

Publicity Listings:

4 Articles | 1 Magazine Cover Photo | See more »

Alternate Names:

Rise Stevens
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Personal Quote:

[ observation, 1990] While I was a young singer, people always talked to us about a golden age of opera. Now they tell me that I was part of a golden age. It's all a little ridiculous. We are actually living in a golden age right now, an age of great American voices. See more »

Trivia:

Gave birth to her only child at age 31, son Nicolas Vincent Surovy, professionally known as Nicolas Surovy, on June 30, 1944, a product of the marriage to her only husband, Walter Szurovy. Both father and son were professional actors. See more »

Nickname:

Carmen

Star Sign:

Gemini

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