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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
More pitiful than the average villainess, Ulrica earns her keep telling fortunes while dressed as a hedgehog. She tells our hero Riccardo that he will die by the next hand he shakes, which kind of spoils his masked ball. Maleficent rating: two normally, but that falls to just one when wearing the hedgehog costume. Annamaria Chiuri is pictured in a 2005 Leipzig production.
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