“Today, this part is mostly taken by sopranos on their way out, singing in slim but characterful voices. Podleś, on the other hand, is in full control of her considerable resources, the voice booming when it must and scaled back for her lovely ballad. Her stupendous overacting in her death scene is camp of the highest level”
(DVD, P. Tchaikovsky Queen of Spades, Comtessa. Teatro Liceo, Barcelona)

July 2011

by Robert Levine