This defiant soprano turns 100 this week

This defiant soprano turns 100 this week


norman lebrecht

December 11, 2017

Hilde Zadek was evacuated from Poland as a German at the end of the First World War.

She fled Germany as a Jew to Palestine in 1934.

Thirteen years later, she joined the Vienna State Opera as one of its Golden Age cast, singing there for 20 years.


She is still going strong. This Friday, Hilde will turn 100.

seen recently with Christa Ludwig.


  • Ungeheuer says:

    Impressive. Happy 100th!

  • B.R. Scott says:

    Stunning rendition of Non mi dir! Hope that she is enjoying the festivities for her birthday!

  • Aubry Bryan says:

    wonderful singing full of passion, pathos, style and skill. Thank you La Prima Donna Assaluta.

  • Robert Holmén says:

    Wonderful 100 to her!

  • michel bril says:

    she started vocal training in what was palestine with rosa pauly!

  • André Paradis says:

    Many happy returns, wonderful lady!

  • edward amos brandwein says:

    Long live Hilde Zadek, a living legend of the operatic realm!
    Ad meah ve esrim! (till the age of 120 in Hebrew).