In this undated picture provided by Hilde Zadek, soprano Hilde Zadek in the role of Leonore performs in Ludwig van Beethoven's opera "Fidelio" at the state opera in Vienna, Austria. It was 1947 in post-war Vienna, and Zadek still remembers taking a deep breath behind the curtain. A rookie on her first opera gig, she was about to sing the prestigious role of Aida for an audience stacked with particularly harsh critics _ Nazis equipped with whistles and determined to show “that Jew from Palestine” that she was not welcome at one of the world's greatest opera houses. But at the end even they applauded. (AP Photo/Hilde Zadek privat)

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In this undated picture provided by Hilde Zadek, soprano Hilde Zadek in the role of Leonore performs in Ludwig van Beethoven's opera "Fidelio" at the state opera in Vienna, Austria. It was 1947 in post-war Vienna, and Zadek still remembers taking a deep breath behind the curtain. A rookie on her first opera gig, she was about to sing the prestigious role of Aida for an audience stacked with particularly harsh critics _ Nazis equipped with whistles and determined to show “that Jew from Palestine” that she was not welcome at  one of the world's greatest opera houses. But at the end even they applauded. (AP Photo/Hilde Zadek privat)
In this undated picture provided by Hilde Zadek, soprano Hilde Zadek in the role of Leonore performs in Ludwig van Beethoven's opera "Fidelio" at the state opera in Vienna, Austria. It was 1947 in post-war Vienna, and Zadek still remembers taking a deep breath behind the curtain. A rookie on her first opera gig, she was about to sing the prestigious role of Aida for an audience stacked with particularly harsh critics _ Nazis equipped with whistles and determined to show “that Jew from Palestine” that she was not welcome at one of the world's greatest opera houses. But at the end even they applauded. (AP Photo/Hilde Zadek privat)
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