Mrs Danvers

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(Josephs: Rebecca). Mez. Housekeeper at Manderley, the stately home where Maxim de Winter and his wife, the late Rebecca, lived and to which he brings his second wife. Mrs Danvers adored Rebecca and remains faithful to her memory, doing her best to make life unpleasant for the new Mrs de Winter (the Girl). She suggests that she should copy an old family portrait as a costume for the Manderley Ball, much to the anger of Maxim—Rebecca had worn the same dress at the previous Ball. When the reason for Rebecca's death is discovered, Mrs Danvers disappears to Rebecca's old room. It is from here that fire breaks out and destroys the house. Created (1983) by Ann Howard.

Subjects: Opera.

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