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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
This sorceress is married to Count Friedrich and manipulates him like a veritable Lady Macbeth. Among other mischievous doings, she turns people into swans – which admittedly could be much worse. Maleficent rating: two. Richard Paul Frank is Telramund and soprano Luana DeVol as Ortrud in this 2006 picture from the New York Met.
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