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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
Armida is another wily temptress, who is not only an enchantress, but also Queen of Damascus. She kidnaps the princess Almirena, casts a spell to disguise herself as the girl and woos King Argante of Jerusalem. Maleficent rating: one. Soprano Rachelle Durkin is pictured as Armida in a 2005 production of 'Rinaldo' at the Sydney Opera House.
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