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Rise Stevens dies at 99; mezzo soprano sang 'Carmen'
Rise Stevens dies at 99; mezzo soprano sang 'Carmen'

Rise Stevens, an American mezzo soprano celebrated for her earthy interpretation of "Carmen," whose career also encompassed television and movie appearances alongside matinee idols Bing Crosby and Nelson Eddy, died Wednesdayof natural causes at her home in New York. She was 99. Her death was confirmed by her son, Nicolas Surovy. Stevens sang for the Metropolitan Opera for more than two decades beginning in 1938. She was known for her sensuous voice, described by the International Dictionary of Opera as "pure velvet." PHOTOS: Notable deaths of 2013 She was most famous for her portrayal of the central character in Georges Bizet's "Carmen," a role...

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