"For many patrons, though, Caramoor real draw was the Polish contralto Ewa Podles as Azucena, a Gipsy mistic torn by the need to avenge her mother, guilt over her accidental slying of her son and her maternal love for the troubadour Manrico. Even in this concert performance Ms.Podles assumption of character was palpable in her chesty, umber tone and vivid facial expressions. "

July 16, 2007

by Steve Smith