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Mezzo-soprano opera star Rise Stevens, who sang with the Metropolitan Opera for more than 20 years spanning the 1940s and 1950s, has died. She was 99.
Character singer Charles Anthony, who set the record for most appearances at the Metropolitan Opera _ 2,928 _ during a career that spanned from 1954 to 2010, died Wednesday. He was 82.
As a pianist and composer prodigy, young George Szell was said to be the new Mozart. As an adult, when he concentrated on conducting, he was likened to Toscanini. In any pantheon of great musicians of the mid-20th century, George Szell (1897-1970) figures prominently.
"James Levine: 40 Years at The Metropolitan Opera" (Amadeus Press), by the Metropolitan Opera: There are few surprises or fresh insights but plenty of nostalgia in this softcover coffee-table book that celebrates James Levine's extraordinary career at the Metropolitan Opera.
"I had a good career," she said. "Now the joy is in watching the young musicians grow, mature, and perhaps become successes."
She said later she wasn't bitter, but "we needed that company, and we need it now.