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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
Herod is in love with his cruel and perverse niece Salomé; but she lusts after John the Baptist, who is not really interested in her, to be fair. The only way she can get John to give her a kiss is to have his head served up to her on a silver platter, ruining any long-term prospects for a relationship. Maleficent rating: five. Deborah Voigt is pictured as Salomé in the Lyric Opera of Chicago's production, October 2006.
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