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Golda Schultz


Adding a highly-acclaimed 2016 Glyndebourne Festival debut as Contessa Almaviva to her list of achievements has further enhanced young South African soprano Golda Schultz’s already glowing reputation. In what is still a young career, Schultz has already racked up several other prestigious debuts including at Salzburger Festspiele, Bayerische Staatsoper, Opernhaus Zürich and Staatsoper Hamburg. A graduate of New York's prestigious Juilliard School and a former member of the Bayerische Staatsoper’s Opernstudio, Schultz has caught the attention of several esteemed conductors including Franz Welser-Möst, Paavo Järvi and Simone Young.

After her time in Munich’s Opernstudio, Schultz joined the ensemble of Klagenfurt Opera for one season where she earned considerable attention in new productions of both Der Rosenkavalier (Sophie) and Giulio Cesare (Cleopatra). Critically acclaimed performances as Sophie in the historic Otto Schenk production at Bayerische Staatsoper’s 2014 Opernfestspiele were followed by further appearances in Munich as, among others, Fiordiligi (Così fan tutte), Liù (Turandot), Musetta (La bohème), Micaëla (Carmen) and Freia (Das Rheingold) as a member of their ensemble.

A 2014 Salzburger Festspiele debut as Sophie under Franz Welser-Möst was widely fêted alongside her creation of Sibilla in the world premiere of Beat Furrer’s la bianca notte in Hamburg, conducted by Music Director Simone Young and followed by appearances as Contessa Almaviva in both Zürich and her home city of Cape Town.

A natural concert performer, Golda Schultz has enjoyed recent debuts with the Iceland Symphony Orchestra in Strauss’ Brentano Lieder under Andrew Litton, at the Rheingau Festival in Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream as well as with The Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen on tour to Japan in Beethoven’s Fidelio, both under Paavo Järvi, and at Musikfestival Heidleberger Frühling with Mirga Gražinyte-Tyla with Beethoven’s Ah! Perfido.

The current season opens with a house and role debut at Teatro alla Scala as Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro), in a reunion with Welser-Möst, and closes with a return to the Salzburger Festspiele for her first Vitellia (La clemenza di Tito), conducted by Teodor Currentzis and in an anticipated new production by Peter Sellars. In Munich, Golda will appear as Pamina (Die Zauberflöte), marking another role debut, as well as further performances as both Liù and Fiordiligi. In concert, this season sees debuts with Washington’s National Symphony Orchestra in Mahler’s Symphony No.2 under music director Christoph Eschenbach, with the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig in Tippett’s A Child of Our Time under Stefan Asbury, and with the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra in a Mozart programme with John Storgårds.

Golda Schultz