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Subject: Rise Stevens
From: "Thomas H. Israel" <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Thomas H. Israel
Date:Tue, 11 Jun 2002 23:41:57 -0400

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Realizing that Rise Stevens is now 89 makes me ever so aware of the passing of time!
Rise Stevens was one of the principal reasons for my interest in opera. I saw her at the Met in CARMEN quite a few times, and she certainly set a standard in this role that, for me, hasn't been surpassed! 

But I also fondly remember her incomparable Octavian, her seductive Dalila, and her clever portrayal of Orlovsky. I also heard her in recital quite a few times, including one in which she sang "Vissi d'arte." (!!) 

Just this week I received a copy (from Japan) of her RCA disc of extended scenes from SAMSON ET DALILA (with Mario del Monaco). What a shame RCA released this for the Japanese market but hasn't made it available here or in Europe! - Great sound, too! 

I'm sure I wouldn't have become the opera buff I am had it not been for artists like Rise Stevens (plus Dorothy Kirsten, Zinka Milanov, James Melton, and Robert Merrill)! 

Tom Israel 

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