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Risë Stevens

Risë StevensAKA Risë Steenberg

Born: 11-Jun-1913
Birthplace: Bronx, NY
Died: 20-Mar-2013
Location of death: Manhattan, NY
Cause of death: unspecified

Gender: Female
Religion: Anglican/Episcopalian [1]
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Singer

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Mezzo-Soprano at the Metropolitan Opera

Performed 1936 to 1961.

[1] John Pennino, Risė Stevens: A Life in Music (2006), page 13: "Reverend Willard succeeded in imparting to her a love for the Episcopal Church. A product of a Lutheran, Jewish home and a Methodist Sunday school, Risė had no religion that she truly embraced. At sixteen years of age, the Episcopal Church became the answer to her religious needs and Reverend Willard baptized her into the faith. When she married Walter Surovy, a Catholic, she consented to raise any children they might have in his faith, in deference to him."

Father: Christian Carl Steenberg
Mother: Sarah Mechanic ("Sadie")
Brother: Lewis
Husband: Walter Szurovy (m. 6-Jan-1939, d. 4-Nov-2001, one son)
Son: Nicolas Surovy (b. 30-Jun-1944)

    High School: Newtown High School, Queens, NY
    Conservatory: Juilliard School of Music
    Teacher: Juilliard School of Music (1975)
    Administrator: President, Mannes College of Music (1975-78)

    New York Metropolitan Opera General Manager, Touring Company (1961-66)
    New York Metropolitan Opera Leading Mezzo-Soprano (1938-61)
    Endorsement of R. J. Reynolds Camel Cigarettes (1949)
    Jewish Ancestry Maternal

    Journey Back to Oz (5-Dec-1974) [VOICE]
    Carnegie Hall (28-Feb-1947) · Herself
    Going My Way (3-May-1944) · Genevieve Linden
    The Chocolate Soldier (31-Oct-1941) · Maria Lanyi

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