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She claims to be the ‘Mistress of Evil’, but how does Maleficent compare to the wickedest women in opera? Classic FM has given a 'Maleficent rating' to an unnerving host of classical music’s villainesses - from the mildly malevolent to utterly maniacal. By Rob Weinberg
Six decades before a 'bearded lady' won Eurovision, Stravinsky's Baba was a blight on Tom Rakewell’s quest for happiness. Not so much wicked as a bit spoiled and selfish, and her inveterate hoarding of stuffed animals and trinkets gives her a Maleficent rating of just one out of five. Catherine Carby played Baba the Turk at the Sydney Opera House, March 2006.
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