Item #27931 PUBLICITY PHOTOGRAPH, Black & White. Music / Opera, Rise Stevens, b 1913.


New York City: Metropolitan Opera Co. INSCRIBED by Ms Stevens. 9-7/8" x 8". Now housed in a clear archival mylar sleeve. Faint dimple in lower left corner. Very Good. Item #27931

"One of the great voices of the Metropolitan Opera, New York-born mezzo-soprano Rise Stevens made her debut with the company in 1939 as Octavian in Richard Strauss's "Der Rosenkavalier". Her other notable roles in 21 years with the company included the two characterizations most associated with her, the title role in Bizet's "Carmen" and Dalila in Saint-Saens's "Samson et Dalila."

Furthermore, Ms Stevens is known for literally saving the entire 1961 season.... After the company had canceled its entire 1961-62 schedule due to stalled labor negotiations, a persuasive telegram from Rise Stevens convinced President Kennedy to intervene, and he ordered the Secretary of Labor to arbitrate the dispute. Just three weeks later, the entire season was reinstated on schedule demonstrating notables such as President Kennedy were not immune to the entreaties of the Met's attractive reigning mezzo-soprano.

A great beauty as well as a great singer, she also enjoyed one of the more successful careers of the many opera singers who made films, most notably in "The Chocolate Soldier" opposite Nelson Eddy and "Going My Way" with Bing Crosby & Barry Fitzgerald. She was also something of a fixture on early TV, appearing frequently on such programs as "The Bell Telephone Hour" & "The Voice of Firestone," where she sang both operatic arias & popular songs. She also appeared on one of the first telecasts from the Met, in 1954, singing her favored role of Carmen opposite one of her most frequent Don Joses, Richard Tucker." [IMDb].

Price: $45.00

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