Azucena in Verdi’s ‘Il trovatore’ (1856)
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Classical music's most 'Maleficent' women
9. Azucena in Verdi’s ‘Il trovatore’ (1856)
Azucena's mother – a witch – was burned at the stake for peering at a baby with an evil eye. Azucena reeks bloody revenge on all who have wronged her. Throwing babies into fires would normally ensure a Maleficent rating of five, but she is in pretty wicked company here, so we're giving her a four. Larissa Diadkova is pictured as Azucena in a 2005 Bregenz production.