The Queen of the Night in Mozart’s ‘The Magic Flute’ (1791)
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Classical music's most 'Maleficent' women
11. The Queen of the Night in Mozart’s ‘The Magic Flute’ (1791)
Sometimes benevolent, often deranged, the Queen of the Night dominates Mozart’s mash-up of fairy tale, myth and Freemasonry. Her show-stopping arias with their high Fs are always worth waiting for, but loopy nonetheless. Maleficent rating: three. Here she's played by the ear-piercing Diana Damrau.