Patricia Neway

Operatic and Musical Theatre Singer
Born Sep 30, 1919

Patricia Neway was an American operatic soprano and musical theatre actress who had an active international career during the mid-1940s through the 1970s. One of the few performers of her day to enjoy equal success on both the opera and musical theatre stages, she was a regular performer on both Broadway and at the New York City Opera during the 1950s and 1960s.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Patricia Neway.


1919 Birth Born in 1919.


1942 23 Years Old While still a student, Neway made her Broadway debut as a member of the chorus in a 1942 production of Jacques Offenbach's La Vie parisienne.
1944 25 Years Old In April 1944 she was the soprano soloist in the world premiere of Norman Dello Joio's The Mystic Trumpeter with conductor Robert Shaw and the Collegiate Chorale at Town Hall.
1946 27 Years Old She made her first opera appearance in a leading role in 1946, as Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte, at Chautauqua Opera.
1948 29 Years Old In 1948, she returned to Broadway to portray the Female Chorus in the United States premiere of Benjamin Britten's The Rape of Lucretia, at the Ziegfeld Theatre.


1950 31 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1950, Neway made opera history when she starred as Magda Sorel in the world premiere of Gian Carlo Menotti's critically acclaimed Cold War-era opera The Consul at the Shubert Theatre in Philadelphia, with Cornell MacNeil as John Sorel and Marie Powers as the Mother. … Read More
1951 32 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1951, Neway made her debut with the New York City Opera (NYCO), where she returned often through 1966.
1952 33 Years Old 1 More Event
While singing largely at the NYCO, Neway continued to perform with other opera companies and on Broadway. In 1952 she sang and recorded the title heroine in Gluck's Iphigénie en Tauride at the Aix-en-Provence Festival.
1955 36 Years Old In 1955, she sang in the world premiere of Raffaello de Banfield's Una lettera d'amore di Lord Byron in New Orleans, with Astrid Varnay.
1957 38 Years Old In 1957 she portrayed Madame de Croissy for NBC Opera Theatre's production of Poulenc's Dialogues of the Carmelites, with Rosemary Kuhlmann as Mother Marie, Elaine Malbin as Blanche, and Leontyne Price as Mme Lidoine.
Neway notably portrayed Miriam in the world premiere of Lee Hoiby's The Scarf at the very first Festival dei Due Mondi in Spoleto, Italy on June 20, 1958.


1959 - 1963 3 More Events
1964 45 Years Old In 1964, she performed the role of Lady Thiang in The King and I at Lincoln Center with Risë Stevens as Anna and Darren McGavin as the King.
1966 47 Years Old In 1966, she made her first appearance at the San Francisco Opera, as the Governess in The Turn of the Screw. … Read More
1967 48 Years Old In 1967, she appeared as Nettie in a special television production of Carousel, starring Robert Goulet as Billy Bigelow. … Read More


1970 51 Years Old In 1970 she created the role of the Queen in the world premiere of Menotti's stage play, The Leper. … Read More


2008 89 Years Old After retirement, Neway moved to Corinth, Vermont, where she lived with her second husband, John Francis Byrne, until Byrne's death in 2008. … Read More
2012 93 Years Old She died at her home in Corinth on January 24, 2012, aged 92.
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