"All ears were focused on one of those singers - Ewa Podles in the role of La Cieca, blind mother of the title character. From the moment she opened her lips, she proved herself to be a force of nature, with a voice that seems to emanate from the depths of the earth but is capable of shaking the rafters. Her aria, "Voce di donna o di angelo" deservedly brought down the house, which included many fans who have bemoaned her baffling absence from the Met since 1984. "

September 28, 2008

by Mike Silverman