Rebecca Clarke


Beyond a distinctive voice of staggering range, ability and amplitude, the Polish contralto Ewa Podles sings with profound emotional commitment and a Lieder singer's sensitivity to text. As comfortable with Mahler and Prokofiev as the breathtakingly florid music of Gluck, Handel, Vivaldi and Rossini, she is a 'Golden Age' singer for our time.

Recent seasons have included performances of Mahler's Das Lied von der Erde with Riccardo Chailly and the Philadelphia Orchestra, Handel's Messiah with the Ann Arbor Symphony, and Prokofiev's Alexander Nevsky with the San Franciso Symphony. In addition, she has undertaken recital tours to Europe and North America and fulfilled many opera engagements with roles as diverse as Guilio Cesare (Handel), Baba the Turk (Stravinsky's The Rake's Progress) and Tancredi (Rossini).

Mrs Podles has sung in all the world's leading opera houses, and worked with such conductors as Lorin Maazel, David Atherton, and Christopher Hogwood. Her acclaimed recording of Russian Songs with pianist Graham Johnson earned the 'Grand Prix de l'Académie Française du Disque', and her all-Rossini disc was awarded the prestigious 'Preis der Deutschen Schallplatten Kritik'.

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