Ewa Podleś sings La Cieca
Ewa Podleś was born in Warsaw on April 26, 1952. She is a Polish contralto, internationally celebrated for her very wide vocal range (up to soprano high D)
and great vocal agility. She studied at the Warsaw Academy of Music under the tutelage of Madame Bolechowska and then in 1975 made her stage debut as
Rosina in Rossini's Il Barbiere di Siviglia. Podles appeared for a few performances at the Metropolitan Opera making her debut on February 14, 1984, in the
title role of Handel's Rinaldo. For the next 24 years she was conspicuously absent from the Met, pursuing her career in major opera house throughout Europe
and America. In May 2003, she was in a car accident in Sante Fe, New Mexico and suffered a broken arm. On September 24, 2008 she returned to the Met to
sing the role of La Cieca in Ponchielli's La Gioconda.
Though she is known mainly for her Baroque works, Podles' repertoire ranges from Handel's Giulio Cesare (Cesare) to songs by Shostakovich. Podles has
often been referred to as a "force of nature". Her talent focuses on contralto roles, from Gioacchino Rossini, but she is also a specialist in Russian works.
Among her recent performances include the roles of La Cieca in La Gioconda, Bertarido in Händel's Rodelinda, the title role in Rossini's Tancredi, the title role
in Handel's Giulio Cesare in Egitto, Isabella in Rossini's L'Italiana in Algeri, Erda in Wagner's Ring Cycle at the Seattle Opera, and Klytämnestra in Richard
Strauss's Elektra with the Canadian Opera Company. She was scheduled to make an appearance at the Atlanta Opera in March 2009 to sing the role of
Azucena in Verdi's Il Trovatore but apparently cancelled.
Madame Podles lives in Warsaw, Poland with her husband, the accomplished pianist Jerzy Marchwinski.
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