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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
Kundry is a pagan herbalist, cursed to spend her days seducing knights. Not everybody would consider that a curse but Kundry gets quite het up about it. She has been condemned to live forever because she mocked Christ at the crucifixion. Maybe not the best idea. Maleficent rating: two out of five. Pictured are Burkhard Fritz as Parsifal and Michaela Schuster as Kundry in a 2005 Berlin State Opera House production.
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