Who is soprano Golda Schultz?

South African soprano Golda Schultz is set to perform at this year's Last Night of the Proms, alongside the BBC Symphony Orchestra and its principal guest conductor Dalia Stasevska

South African soprano Golda Schultz, who will be performing at the 2020 Last Night of the Proms

South African soprano Golda Schultz is taking to the stage at the 2020 Last Night of the Proms, having previously sung the roles of Sophie in Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier at the Metropolitan Opera, Liù in Puccini’s Turandot at the Vienna State Opera and Contessa Almaviva in Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro at Glyndebourne Festival Opera.

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Schultz grew up singing in church in South Africa, before going on to study journalism at Rhodes University in Grahamstown when she decided to pursue singing at a higher level. After two years with Cape Town Opera, she trained at the Juilliard School in New York and the Opernstudio at the Bavarian State Opera in Munich, where she is now based. She remains a member of the Bavarian State Opera ensemble.

She appeared on the Metropolitan Opera’s 2020 recording of Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess with Eric Owens and Angel Blue playing the leads, which received a four-star review in the June 2020 issue of BBC Music Magazine. 

'The chorus supplies precision and refulgent tone, while the orchestral playing is clean and idiomatic, with conductor David Robertson shaping an interpretation that is well-paced and offers both good balance and plenty of fine detail…Owens’s grand and enriched baritone helps him convey Porgy’s indomitable spirit in fully three-dimensional form. He’s admirably partnered by Angel Blue, her resplendent soprano soaring aloft as she charts Bess’s emotional complexity.'
BBC Music Magazine's review of the Metropolitan Opera's recording of Porgy and Bess featuring Golda Schultz, 2020

Schultz will join the BBC Symphony Orchestra and its new principal guest conductor Dalia Stasevska.

Golda Schultz will perform at the Last Night of the Proms on Saturday 12 September at the Royal Albert Hall in London. Although there will be no live audience, you can watch the concert on the BBC iPlayer, the Royal Albert Hall’s website and listen live on BBC Radio 3. 

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