With Der Freischütz (The Marksman), Carl Maria von Weber laid the cornerstone of German romantic opera. In the Russian director Dmitri Tcherniakov’s new take, foresters and huntsmen from medieval Bohemia foregather in the sky lounge of a multinational headquartered in a city very much like Frankfurt, trading black magic for sinister mind games.

As the CEO’s daughter Agathe, the poised South African soprano Golda Schultz transcends the cognitive dissonance, bringing innocence and truth to life in angelic, shimmering phrases. She’s a star of the first magnitude, and we’re sure to be hearing lots more from her in seasons to come.