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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
Azucena's mother – a witch – was burned at the stake for peering at a baby with an evil eye. Azucena reeks bloody revenge on all who have wronged her. Throwing babies into fires would normally ensure a Maleficent rating of five, but she is in pretty wicked company here, so we're giving her a four. Larissa Diadkova is pictured as Azucena in a 2005 Bregenz production.
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