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Rise Stevens, Mezzo-Soprano Star of ‘Carmen,’ Dies at 99

Rise Stevens, the New York City-born mezzo-soprano who reigned at the Metropolitan Opera in the 1940s and 1950s and injected sensuality and dramatic fire into her signature role in “Carmen,” has died. She was 99.

She died yesterday at her home in Manhattan, the New York Times reported, citing her son, Nicolas Surovy.