"What sets this famed Polish contralto apart from most of her colleagues? One wants to say, "It’s the voice, stupid" - the three -octave powerhouse that ranges from a clarion top C to gutsy low notes; her beautiful control of nuances.
But there’s also Podles’s sovereign command of musical time and physical space. And above all, it’s the fact that she makes you feel, in every note of Rossini’s virtuosic coloratura, that it is only possible way her character could express his feelings. This emotional connection transforms the music from mere display into incandescence."

April 4, 2005

by Tamara Bernstein