Farewell to conductor Colin Davis & mezzo-soprano Risë Stevens

Colin Davis (1927-2013), one of the most acclaimed British conductors of the last few decades, passed away in London last Sunday, April 14th. He was 85 years old. One of the most prolific conductors in terms of the number of recordings he left, Davis developed a direct relationship with some of the most important music institutions in the world: Royal Opera House at Covent Garden, BBC Symphony, Boston Symphony, NY Philharmonic, English Chamber Orchestra – just to name a few.

Rise Stevens (1913-2013), the American mezzo-soprano was almost 100 years old when she died last March 20th. Stevens was a leading mezzo- at the Met opera for over 20 years, became particularly famous for her interpretations of Carmen (see signed photo of her in that role on the right) in the 1950s, a role that was her farewell from the Met stage in 1961. She also excelled in radio and television and acted in a number of Hollywood films. After her retirement she coached a generation of singers at the Met Opera.

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