Hilde Zadek

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Hilde Zadek (born 15 December 1917, Bromberg, Province of Posen) is a German operatic soprano.

Hilde Zadek

After her hometown became Polish after World War I, her parents moved to Stettin in 1920,[1] where Zadek spent her youth.

However as a Jew she was forced to leave Germany in 1934 and settled in then Palestine, where she worked as a nurse in Jerusalem, while studying voice with Rose Pauly. In 1945, she returned to Europe and studied in Zürich with Ria Ginster.[citation needed]

She made her operatic debut in 1947, at the Vienna State Opera, as Aida to great acclaim, she remained with this theatre for twenty years. The following year she first appeared at the Salzburg Festival, where she sang as Donna Anna, Vittelia, Ariadne. Her repertory also included; Elsa, Eva, Iphigénie, Tosca, etc.[citation needed]

She took part in the creation of Carl Orff's Antigonae in 1949, and sang Magda Sorel in the local premiere in Vienna of Menotti's The Consul in 1950. She also appeared at the Munich State Opera and the Berlin State Opera.[citation needed]

She made guest appearances at the Royal Opera House in London, the Glyndebourne Festival and the Holland Festival, at the Paris Opéra, La Monnaie in Brussels, La Scala in Milan, the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, etc.[citation needed]

She sang at the Metropolitan Opera in New York during the 1952-53 season. She also appeared at the San Francisco Opera and the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires. Beginning in 1967, she taught at the Vienna Music Academy, and gave masterclasses. She retired from the stage in 1971.[citation needed]

Zadek in April 2015 at age 97

She left a notable recording of Donna Anna in a complete Don Giovanni, under Rudolf Moralt, opposite George London, Léopold Simoneau, Sena Jurinac. She turned 100 on 15 December 2017.[2]

Decorations and awards[edit]


  1. ^ ORF.at Archived 5 June 2011 at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ Nachrichten, Salzburger. "Hilde Zadek - die Jahrhundert-Sängerin wird 100". sn.at. Retrieved 25 January 2018.