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(Britten: The Turn of the Screw). Sop. Engaged to teach two orphaned children at Bly, she has been ordered never to trouble their guardian. When she realizes that the deceased valet, Quint, and governess, Miss Jessel, have returned as ghosts and are an evil influence on the children, she writes to the guardian. Miles steals the letter. She forces him to admit it was Quint who made him do this, and he dies in her arms. Arias: Lost in my labyrinth; Sir—dear Sir—my dear Sir; O Miles, I cannot bear to lose you. This role has attracted eminent singing‐actresses, including Elisabeth Söderström, Heather Harper, Catherine Wilson, Helen Donath, Felicity Lott, Valerie Masterson, Joan Rodgers, Susan Chilcott, and Rebecca Evans. Created (1954) by Jennifer Vyvyan.

Subjects: Opera.


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