"She was completely in command musically and a great presence on stage. Podles will surely become one of the great Azucenas on the international stage. Her voice is a force of nature. Her sound, very dark and placed a little back in the throat, seemed to rise from the center of the earth. It did not merely come at you from the stage, it encircled and engulfed, it flooded Marcus Center Uihlein Hall like some viscous liquid."

November 7, 2004