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High-profile Met debut for Golda Schultz

Some young singers make their Metropolitan Opera debuts in low-profile fashion, perhaps joining the company in a minor role or slipping into the second cast of a routine revival. Not Golda Schultz.

The South African soprano became an instant star on the third night of the new season, singing the lead role in Mozart's "Die Zauberfloete" ("The Magic Flute") in Julie Taymor's fantastical production. Her conductor was none less than James Levine, the company's music director emeritus. And her debut run gets even higher visibility this Saturday when the final performance is broadcast live in HD to movie theaters worldwide.

Schultz portrays Pamina, daughter...