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1 (Josephs: Rebecca). Sop. (the second Mrs de Winter). Companion to Mrs Van Hopper, she meets and falls in love with the recently widowed Maxim de Winter. After their wedding, she returns with him to Manderley, believing that he will never get over the loss of his first wife, Rebecca. Her self‐confidence is further undermined by the housekeeper, Mrs Danvers, who emphasizes that she can never take Rebecca's place. At the Manderley Ball, she wears a costume copied from an old family portrait—this was suggested by Mrs Danvers. Maxim is furious—Rebecca had worn the same costume. In a storm, Rebecca's boat is found at the bottom of the bay with her body still in the cabin. Maxim confesses that he hated his first wife, who killed herself when she knew she was dying of cancer. Now he and the Girl can love each other in peace—a peace broken by the fire which breaks out in Manderley. Created (1983) by Gillian Sullivan.

2 (Ullmann: Der Kaiser von Atlantis). Sop. She falls in love with a Soldier from the opposite camp. Created (1944) by Marion Podolier; (1975) by Roberta Alexander.

Subjects: Opera.


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