Quint, Peter

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(Britten: The Turn of the Screw). Ten. A former manservant at Bly. He was responsible for the death of the then governess, Miss Jessel, who had become pregnant by him and died in childbirth. He died when he slipped on an icy road. He comes to haunt the children, especially Miles, on whom he has an evil influence. He makes Miles steal a letter written by his present Governess, telling his guardian what is happening at Bly and asking for help. Ultimately Miles admits, to his Governess, who is ruling his actions. Aria: So! She has written; duets (with Miss Jessel): On the paths, in the wood; I seek a friend obedient to follow where I lead. Many leading Brit. tenors have relished this role: Graham Clark, Arthur Davies, Robert Tear, Philip Langridge, Paul Nilon, and Ian Bostridge. Created (1954) by Peter Pears.

Subjects: Opera.

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