Patricia Neway has died. May she rest in peace.
Miss Neway was the original Mother Abbess in The Sound of Music on Broadway. And she originated the role of Magda in Menotti’s The Consul, bringing down a huge ovation every evening singing the moving aria “To this we’ve come.” (My friend Christine Brewer sings this aria these days.)
I teach several songs that have her name as the dedicatee. She was an American treasure.