The Mystery of Patricia Neway, An Update

Back on July 7, I discussed the whereabouts of Tony-winner Patricia Neway. Conflicting circumstantial information led me to post, calling on our musical and opera sleuths to get to the bottom of the situation. If you recall, information on several websites indicated that her name was actually Frances Breeze, and she retired from performing to teach voice in a university in Virginia, ultimately passing away in 2003.

Well, this comment posted today informed me:

“[Famed American contralto] Florence Kopleff reported to me that she spoke by telephone with Patricia Neway on 8/5/09. Miss Neway is living at home in Vermont. She is disabled by arthritis to the extent that she requires full-time assistance, but is otherwise well and alert.”

So there you have it.