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Patricia Neway was one of the most outstanding of ‘first generation’ Menotti interpreters, having already created the rôle of Magda Sorel in The Consul in 1950. Between 1951 and 1966 she sang regularly at the New York City Opera, while also singing in Europe. In 1952 she sang and recorded the title heroine in Gluck’s Iphigénie en Tauride at the Aix-en-Provence Festival, with Carlo Maria Giulini conducting. Between 1952 and 1954 she sang regularly at the Opéra-Comique in Paris. In 1955 she sang in the world première of Raffaello de Banfield’s Una lettera d’amore di Lord Byron in New Orleans, with Astrid Varnay (available on Naxos 8.111326). Later she created the rôle of the Mother Superior in the original Broadway production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music, for which she received a Tony Award.

Role: Classical Artist 
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