"Podles, force both of nature and of art, has made the title role of Tancredi one of her signature specialities, and as long as she wants to sing it, no discriminating opera public will be unwilling to listen.
There is really no voice and no artistry since those of Maria Callas that so amply and grippingly can fill a Rossinian roulade with musical motivation, palpable dramatic meaning and singular sonic rewards. Moreover, Podleś, in spite of her short, stocky, obviously female presence, can seize and command the stage as the male warrior Tancredi as authoritatively as she can and seize and subjugate our ears. She so throughly knows and so passionately means every nuance of what she is doing that we can only marvel."

April 5, 2005

by Ken Winters