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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
One of opera's coldest hearts, Princess Turandot asks her suitors three riddles; if they fail to answer correctly, they die. Pretty harsh. Ignoring all that, Prince Calàf is in it to win it. But why he'd want to marry someone like that is a mystery. Maleficent rating: four. Carter Scott played Turandot in Erfurt, Germany, July 2013.
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