FILE - In this photo taken Thursday, Feb. 11, 2010 file photo, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, left, alongside her former husband former President Nelson Mandela, centre, and his current wife Graca Machel attend the opening of Parliament in Cape Town, South Africa. Nelson Mandela's ex-wife denied Friday, March 12, 2010, that she had sharply criticized the anti-apartheid icon in a British newspaper interview, saying the comments attributed to her had been fabricated. (AP Photo/Schalk van Zuydaml, File)
April 27, 2011 8:35:43 AM PDT
PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) - April 27, 2011 --
The Soweto-born soprano who plays Winnie Madikizela-Mandela in a new opera says the story of the "mother of the nation" accused of brutality in her fight against apartheid is deeply familiar.