de Winter, Maxim

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(Josephs: Rebecca). Bar. Owner of Manderley, he has recently been widowed by the drowning of his beautiful wife, Rebecca. In Monte Carlo he meets the Girl and marries her, taking her home to Manderley. He loves his new wife, but she believes he is still in love with Rebecca. He is very angry when she wears a costume at the Manderley Ball which is the same one Rebecca wore the previous year. When a ship goes aground, he goes to help in the rescue. Rebecca's boat is found in the bay, her body still in the cabin. For the first time, Maxim confesses to his wife that he hated Rebecca, who was unfaithful to him. One of her old lovers accuses Maxim of killing her. He is able to prove that she knew she was dying of cancer and drowned herself. Created (1983) by Peter Knapp.

Subjects: Opera.

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