The young coloratura Emma Posman made an unscheduled national TV debut on Saturday night after Albina Shagimuratova called in sick three hours before curtain-up on Magic Flute.
Posman, 23 and unseen yet on any major stage, received a strong ovation as Queen of the Night. ORF reported 230,000 viewers for the relay.
It is reported in some print media that there was no other soprano in Mozart town that night who knew the role. Hard to believe.