Metropolitan Opera Singer Rise Stevens Dies Aged 99

The US mezzo-soprano and Kennedy Center Honor winner Rise Stevens has passed away aged 99 years old. She was only three months shy of her 100th birthday.

She sang with the Metropolitan Opera for more than 20 years, including her perhaps most celebrated role as Carmen in the 1950’s, for which she sang for 124 performances. However, she also diversified from opera singing and enjoyed a brief Hollywood film career in the 1940's, starring in Oscar-winning Bing Crosby film Going My Way.

According to the BBC, the singer made her professional opera debut in Prague, which is where she first flourished in her famous role of Carmen, before going on to join the Met in 1938 on tour in Mignon. Her first substantial movie role meanwhile was in the Oscar-nominated 1941 film The Chocolate Soldier which was a precursor to her getting the nod for Going My Way – a seven-time Oscar winner. Many feel she could’ve gone to greater things as an actress, but it was as an opera singer where her passions truly lay and so she returned to the opera, eventually retiring from performing in 1961. After that she spent three years as director of the Met's touring company and was also a managing director of the Met, board member of the Metropolitan Opera Guild and president of the Mannes College of Music from 1975 to 1978. She received the Kennedy Center Honor in 1990.


Contactmusic

Advertisement

Editors Recommendations

Not Enjoying The View: Joy Behar Steps In As The Voice Of Reason After Elisabeth Hasselbeck's Comment

Wait, what’s happening over on The View? This is meant to be our...

Not Enjoying The View: Joy Behar Steps In As The Voice Of Reason After Elisabeth Hasselbeck's Comment

Maroon 5 - Maps (Explicit)

There's trauma for Adam Levine in the gritty short film for Maroon 5's newest single 'Maps'...

Maroon 5 - Maps (Explicit) Video

North Korea's 'The Interview' Complaint May Give Seth Rogen Better Publicity Than Money Can Buy

North Korea has filed an official complaint with the UN regarding the...

North Korea's 'The Interview' Complaint May Give Seth Rogen Better Publicity Than Money Can Buy

Ed Sheeran - Sing Single Review

Known for his diverse musical delivery having employed various elements of R&B, hip hop, folk and...

Ed Sheeran - Sing Single Review

Is JK Rowling's Pottermore Update Hinting That More 'Harry Potter' Stories Are On The Way?

The buzz over J.K. Rowling’s latest Harry Potter offering is showing no...

Is JK Rowling's Pottermore Update Hinting That More 'Harry Potter' Stories Are On The Way?

Brad Pitt, Filming 'World War Z' Sequel, Enjoys Culinary Delights Of. Wimpy?

There are times when everyone, no matter how rich, famous or...

Brad Pitt, Filming 'World War Z' Sequel, Enjoys Culinary Delights Of. Wimpy?
Advertisement

Ariana Grande ft. Iggy Azalea - Problem Single Review

Former Nickelodeon actress Ariana Grande has landed her very first number one alongside Iggy Azalea with...

Ariana Grande - Problem Single Review

The Definitive Guide To Watching The Emmys (When Your Favourites Got Snubbed)

Few moments are more important in television than Emmy season. Like...

The Definitive Guide To Watching The Emmys (When Your Favourites Got Snubbed)

5 Reasons Why You Need To Go See ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’ This Weekend

Matt Reeves’s Dawn of the Planet of the Apes invades US theatres...

 5 Reasons Why You Need To Go See ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’ This Weekend


More recommendations

Advertisement

Comments

Newsletter

Subscribe to this news alert service to receive news and reviews on

Unsubscribe | Unsubscribe All