"All the Podles hallmarks were on display: the easy flexibility and reach at the top of a big voice that makes surprisingly light work of Rossini’s most challenging ornamental writing; the rich, smoky tone of a middle register that can be heartrending in a cantabile line; and the astonishing lower register that sometimes made it sound as if a man were singing this trouser role. The amazing thing, as ever, is that she knits all this together seamlessly in deeply felt, musically committed performances. "

July 2005

by Wayne Gooding