Armida in Handel’s ‘Rinaldo’ (1711)
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Classical music's most 'Maleficent' women
10. Armida in Handel’s ‘Rinaldo’ (1711)
Armida is another wily temptress, who is not only an enchantress, but also Queen of Damascus. She kidnaps the princess Almirena, casts a spell to disguise herself as the girl and woos King Argante of Jerusalem. Maleficent rating: one. Soprano Rachelle Durkin is pictured as Armida in a 2005 production of 'Rinaldo' at the Sydney Opera House.