"Podles was, quite simply, perfect as Erda. On her first appearance, in Das Rheingold, Podles’s delivery of the line ‘All that is, ends’ (Alles, was ist, endet) was spine-chilling. She managed her huge contralto voice with delicacy; her vocal colors ranged from the deepest shades to the lightest of pastel sounds. The volume, which is never pushed, seemed, like Erda herself, a force of nature."

November 2005

by John Hulcoop