Rise Stevens, well-known for her 23-year career with the Metropolitan Opera, died on Wednesday, The New York Times reports. She was 99, only three months shy of becoming a centenarian.
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Stevens, who sang as a mezzo-soprano with the Met from 1938 to 1961, died in her Manhattan home. She was celebrated for her take on Carmen and also lent her voice to radio and film, including Journey Back to Oz, Going My Way and The Chocolate Soldier.
Stevens was married to actor Walter Szurovy until his death in 2001 and is survived by her son Nicolas Surovy.