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Remembering opera's Rise Stevens

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The tributes are pouring in for the great mezzo Rise Stevens, who died Wednesday at age 99 in New York City.

One person in particular who's mourning her passing is fellow mezzo Victoria Livengood. She's here for Lyric Opera of Chicago's "A Streetcar Named Desire," which opens Tuesday and in which she sings the role of Eunice.

On her Facebook page, Livengood posted this memorial, along with a photo of herself and the late opera great.

"I'm so very sad to learn of the passing of a great mentor to me: the incomparable Rise Stevens. Ms. Stevens helped me win the Met auditions (photo below) and taught me much about the role of Carmen! She was the greatest Carmen of all time! She was a movie star! She was a champion of young singers! She will be greatly missed! RIP, beautiful Diva!"

Livengood also told her colleagues at Lyric that Rise Stevens "had just shown [me] how to do [my] hair -- that I needed bigger hair onstage at the Met. Then on the radio she said, 'This young mezzo reminds me of me.' "

TOP PHOTO: Rise Stevens, backstage at the Metropolitan Opera, during a run of "Carmen" in 1954. | AP FILE


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