"A genuine phenomenon. By recital’s end, Podles demonstrated all of the gifts that have drawn lavish praise during her career over the past two decades--the uncommon warmth, richness and sheer volume of the tone, whether exploring subterranean depths or stretching up to soprano-worthy heights; the ease and clarity of articulation, even in rapid-fire coloratura passages; the exceptional vividness of the phrasing, alert to every nuance in a text."

October 19, 2004