October 19, 1998

Contralto Ewa Podles to Perform at Middlebury College Center for the Arts on Nov. 4

"She's a connoisseurs' secret on this side of the Atlantic. She should be a household name." --The Wall Street Journal

"By the end of her second aria, the atmosphere in the hall was one of astonishment and hysteria. You could hear her praises being shouted from the back of the second balcony."--Opera News

With a voice that Opera News has called "something from the golden age," contralto Ewa Podles will perform songs by Rachmaninoff, Chopin, Brahms, Karlowicz, and Schumann on Wednesday, Nov. 4 at 7:30 p.m. in the Concert Hall of the Middlebury College Center for the Arts on Route 30. Pianist Jerzy Marchwinski will accompany her. This performance offers Vermonters an opportunity to hear Podles at far lower ticket prices than New York audiences will have paid just one week earlier.

According to The Wall Street Journal, "the contralto … is currently a great rarity on our concert and opera stages." The New Yorker concurs, claiming "rare indeed are these deep-toned songbirds, and the Polish singer Ewa Podles may be the rarest of them all, with her velvety, organlike tones taking on the brilliance of a trumpet as she rises through her three-octave range."

An altogether riveting recitalist, Podles has offered programs at London's Wigmore Hall, Paris' Salle Gaveau, and San Francisco's Herbst Theater. Just prior to her appearance at Middlebury College, she will have performed in a recital in New York's Alice Tully Hall on Oct. 18.

Also before coming to the College, on Oct. 25, Podles, who is renowned as a bel-canto singer as well, will sing Rossini arias with the Moscow Chamber Orchestra at Carnegie Hall. She has also sung the title role of Rossini's "Tancredi" at La Scala and the Staatsoper Berlin; Handel's "Rinaldo" at New York's Metropolitan Opera and Paris' Théâtre Châtelet; and Dalila at Paris' Opéra Bastille.

Podles' appearance at the College is part of a recital tour that includes New York, Buffalo, Ithaca, Washington, D.C., Atlanta, Ann Arbor, Cleveland, and Toronto.

Tickets for this Middlebury College Concert Series performance are $9.00 general admission and $7.00 for senior citizens. A pre-performance dinner at 6 p.m. at the Rehearsals Cafe in the Center for the Arts is also available. To order tickets or make dinner reservations, please call the College box office at 802-443-6433.