Risë Stevens

Singer details:

Voice: Mezzo
Nationality: American
Year of Birth: 1913
Year of Death: 2013

About Risë Stevens:

Risë Stevens (/ˈriːsə/; June 11, 1913 – March 20, 2013) was an American operatic mezzo-soprano. Beginning in 1938, she sang for the Metropolitan Opera in New York City for more than two decades during the 1940s and 1950s.

Stevens was born Risë Gus Steenberg in New York City, the daughter of Sarah "Sadie" (née Mechanic) and Christian Carl Steenberg, an advertising salesman. Her father was of Norwegian descent and her mother was Jewish (of Polish and Russian descent). She had a younger brother, Lewis "Bud" Steenberg, who died in World War II. She studied at New York's Juilliard School for three years, and with Anna Eugenie Schoen-René (1864–1942). She went to Vienna, where she was trained by Marie Gutheil-Schoder and Herbert Graf. She made her début as Mignon in Prague in 1936 and stayed there until 1938, also singing in guest appearances at the Vienna State Opera.

She was engaged as a member of the Vienna State Opera ensemble at the Teatro Colón in 1938 (as Octavian in Der Rosenkavalier) and was invited to the Glyndebourne Festival in 1939 where she was heard as Dorabella and Cherubino. In 1938 she made her début with the Metropolitan Opera on tour in Philadelphia as Octavian opposite Lotte Lehmann as the Marschallin. Three weeks later at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City, she sang Mignon in a Saturday matinee broadcast in a cast that included Richard Crooks as Wilhelm Meister and Ezio Pinza as Lothario. The film industry in Hollywood produced several films for her, including The Chocolate Soldier (1941) with Nelson Eddy. She played an opera singer in Going My Way (1944) with Bing Crosby, wherein she is credited as a contralto; she is featured performing Bizet's aria "Habanera," "Going My Way" with the Robert Mitchell Boys Choir, and "Ave Maria" with Bing Crosby and the choir.

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Nr.Title scenePopularityOperaComposerActTypeVoicesLang.Roles
1Belle nuit (Barcarolle) Popularity:

Opera: Contes d'Hoffmann, LesComposer: OffenbachAct: 2

Type: duetVoice: S MzLanguage: French

Roles: Giulietta/Nicklausse
2Ombra mai fu Popularity:

Opera: Xerxes (Serse)Composer: HandelAct:

Type: ariaVoice: countertenor or mezzoLanguage: Italian

Roles:
3Mon coeur s'ouvre a ta voix Popularity:

Opera: Samson et DalilaComposer: Saint-SaënsAct: 2

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: French

Roles: Dalila
4Che faro senza Euridice Popularity:

Opera: Orfeo ed EuridiceComposer: GluckAct: 3

Type: ariaVoice: mezzo or tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Orfeo
5Pres des remparts de Seville (Seguidilla) Popularity:

Opera: CarmenComposer: BizetAct: 1.12

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: French

Roles: Carmen/José
6Les tringles des sistres tintaient (Gypsy Song) Popularity:

Opera: CarmenComposer: BizetAct: 2.02

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: French

Roles: Carmen/Frasquita/Mercédès
7Bess you is my woman now Popularity:

Opera: Porgy and BessComposer: GershwinAct: 2

Type: duetVoice: B-Br SLanguage: English

Roles: Porgy/Bess
8C'est toi C'est moi Popularity:

Opera: CarmenComposer: BizetAct: 3.14

Type: duet,choirVoice: Mz TLanguage: French

Roles: Carmen/José
9My man's gone now Popularity:

Opera: Porgy and BessComposer: GershwinAct: 1

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: English

Roles: Serena
10O mio Fernando Popularity:

Opera: Favorita, LaComposer: DonizettiAct: 3.05

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Léonor
11L'ho perduta me meschina Popularity:

Opera: Nozze di Figaro, LeComposer: MozartAct: 4.01

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Barbarina
12Connais tu le pays Popularity:

Opera: MignonComposer: ThomasAct: 1

Type: ariaVoice: mezzo or sopranoLanguage: French

Roles: Mignon
13Cinque..dieci..venti Popularity:

Opera: Nozze di Figaro, LeComposer: MozartAct: 1.02

Type: duetVoice: B-Br SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Figaro/Susanna
14Printemps qui commence Popularity:

Opera: Samson et DalilaComposer: Saint-SaënsAct: 1

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: French

Roles: Dalila
15Mir ist die Ehre widerfahren Popularity:

Opera: Rosenkavalier, DerComposer: StraussAct: 2

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: German

Roles: Octavian
16Chacun à son goût Popularity:

Opera: Fledermaus, DieComposer: Strauss jrAct: 2.03-2

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: German

Roles: Orlofsky
17Venite inginocchiatevi Popularity:

Opera: Nozze di Figaro, LeComposer: MozartAct: 2.06

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Susanna
18Divinites du Styx Popularity:

Opera: AlcesteComposer: GluckAct: 1

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: French

Roles: Alceste
19Crudel perche finora Popularity:

Opera: Nozze di Figaro, LeComposer: MozartAct: 3.02

Type: duetVoice: S BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Susanna/Count
20Je suis Titania la blonde Popularity:

Opera: MignonComposer: ThomasAct: 2

Type: recitativeVoice: sopranoLanguage: French

Roles: Philine
21Ich lade gern mir Gäste ein Popularity:

Opera: Fledermaus, DieComposer: Strauss jrAct: 2.03

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: German

Roles: Orlofsky
22Melons! coupons! (Card Trio) Popularity:

Opera: CarmenComposer: BizetAct: 3.03

Type: trioVoice: S Mz MzLanguage: French

Roles: Frasquita/Mercédès/Carmen
23Aprite presto aprite Popularity:

Opera: Nozze di Figaro, LeComposer: MozartAct: 2.11

Type: duetVoice: Mz SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Cherubino/Susanna
24Che puro ciel Popularity:

Opera: Orfeo ed EuridiceComposer: GluckAct: 2

Type: ariaVoice: mezzo or tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Orfeo
25Je vais danser en votre honneur Popularity:

Opera: CarmenComposer: BizetAct: 2.07

Type: duetVoice: Mz TLanguage: French

Roles: Carmen/José
26Da lieg ich Popularity:

Opera: Rosenkavalier, DerComposer: StraussAct: 2

Type: Voice: B cALanguage: German

Roles:
27En vain, pour éviter Popularity:

Opera: CarmenComposer: BizetAct:

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: French

Roles:
28Amour viens aider ma faiblesse Popularity:

Opera: Samson et DalilaComposer: Saint-SaënsAct: 2

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: French

Roles: Dalila
29Gente all armi all armi Popularity:

Opera: Nozze di Figaro, LeComposer: MozartAct: 4.15-1

Type: ensemble,septet,finaleVoice: Br S S B-Br Mz S BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Count/Rosina/Susanna/Figaro/Cherubino/Marcellina/Bartolo/Basilio
30Riconosci in questo amplesso Popularity:

Opera: Nozze di Figaro, LeComposer: MozartAct: 3.07-1

Type: sextetVoice: S T B-Br Br S BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Marcellina/Don Curzio/Figaro/Count/Susanna/Bartolo
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