"Once in a while a singer new to Glyndebourne gets the house tingling. It happened in 2005 with Danielle de Niese, and you know where she is now; she’s Glyndebourne’s chatelaine, pictured in the programme book holding baby Bacchus. I felt another crackle of electricity with Golda Schultz — born in South Africa, experienced in Germany, cast as the Countess in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro.
Schultz doesn’t just add exotic colouring to Michael Grandage’s 2012 show, splashed with designer Christopher Oram’s Moorish panache and the hot-house silliness of the Swinging Sixties. She also lends a dark vocal lustre and depth of feeling that are immediately showcased in her aria bemoaning the Count’s infidelity. Consonants stay on the fuzzy side, but when so much else is as sharp as a pin you’ll probably roll with the tide."