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Sarah Tynan as The Governess and Tim Gasiorek as Miles - photo: Tristram Kenton

Opera North

The Turn of the Screw – 'Malo'

Extracts | Britten

The lyrics of Miles' (Tim Gasiorek) trance-like aria ‘Malo’ are a mnemonic for beginner Latin students, playing on the different meanings of the Latin root: ‘Malo: I would rather be | Malo: in an apple-tree | Malo: than a naughty boy | Malo: In adversity’. This portrays Miles as helpless in the face of the apparitions.

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