Kundry in Wagner’s ‘Parsifal’ (1882)
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Classical music's most 'Maleficent' women
6. Kundry in Wagner’s ‘Parsifal’ (1882)
Kundry is a pagan herbalist, cursed to spend her days seducing knights. Not everybody would consider that a curse but Kundry gets quite het up about it. She has been condemned to live forever because she mocked Christ at the crucifixion. Maybe not the best idea. Maleficent rating: two out of five. Pictured are Burkhard Fritz as Parsifal and Michaela Schuster as Kundry in a 2005 Berlin State Opera House production.