"I think I now understand what it must have been like to hear and see Callas in the flesh, to experience an artist of uncompromising seriousness devoted to serving music, not to making herself loved. As with Callas, there is nothing ingratiating about Podles’s art. You serve that which you adore: Callas’s quasi-religious views on how to make music were never far from my mind as Podles sang."

March 1, 2006

by Marion Rosenberg