"Hail Caesar: Contralto reigns gloriously
She came; she sang; she conquered.
Ewa Podles, a contralto of amazing power and agility, took command of the title role in Handel’s "Julius Caesar" the way Caesar himself took command of his legions. From Podles’ opening aria to the triumphant conclusion, she poured on the powerful high notes, low notes and all the notes in between, singing the convoluted coloratura passages with unstinting accuracy and a real feeling for the words as well as the music. Podles soared up into soprano territory, and she downshifted into low gear, displaying astonishing deep tones that would do credit to a baritone."

February 26, 2007

by Melinda Bargreen