Excellent signed photograph of Rise Stevens. With Metropolitan Opera stamp verso. Rise Stevens is a performer born in New York City in 1913, and studied at New York’s Juilliard School of Music for three years. She went to Vienna where she was trained by Marie Gutheil-Schoder and Herbert Graf. She made her début as Mignon in Prag in 1936 and stayed there until 1938, also appearing in guest appearances at the Vienna State Opera. Her Octavian was one of her finest and most accomplished roles. She was engaged at the Teatro Colón in 1938 (again as Octavian) and was invited to the Glyndebourne Festival in 1939 where she was heard as Dorabella and Cherubino. In 1938 she made her début at the Met as Mignon. Three days later, she she sang Octavian opposite Lotte Lehmann. For over two decades (until 1961) the singer was considered the Met’s leading mezzo-soprano. Her most successful roles included Cherubino, Octavian, Dalila, Carmen, Laura, Hänsel and Marina. She also appeared in Paris, London, at La Scala and at the Glyndebourne Festival. In 1941 the singer’s beautiful voice and her attractive appearance led the film industry in Hollywood to produce several music-films with her, such as The Chocolate Soldier with Nelson Eddy and Going my way with Bing Crosby. She sang her last performance (Carmen) at the Met in 1961. After her retirement Stevens served as General Manager of the Metropolitan Opera Touring Company until 1966 and later coached the new generation of singers at the Met.
$150 No. 3212