Brutal? Sure. But that's nothing compared to Turandot.
She's a princess in ancient Peking, China, who decapitates potential suitors if they fail to answer three riddles correctly. Now, that's brutal.
The Italian opera, Turandot, written by Giuseppe Adami and Renato Simoni in the early 20th century, follows her bloody reign up to its end when a clever prince crosses her path. Will the cold-hearted princess learn to love or will she try and off the guy?