V2437. EWA PODLES, w.Lukasz Borowicz Cond.Poznan Phil.: Arias by Gluck, Rossini, Donizetti, Ponchielli, Verdi, Massenet & Prokofiev. (Poland) Dux 1134, Live Performance, 6 June, 2015, Poznan. [A very special occasion which features Podles under the baton of the excellent Borowicz.] - 5902547011349
“Ewa Podles is one of the world's leading contraltos, equally successful in the worlds of opera and concert music. Her voice possesses the rich, flexible, perhaps even masculine, quality that separates the true contralto from the mezzo-soprano, and which has invited comparison to the likes of Marilyn Horne, Kathleen Ferrier, and Marian Anderson. Her range, both musically and vocally, has made her succesful in a variety of genres and styles, including the operas of Rossini and Verdi, the songs of Chopin, and a broad selection of Russian repertoire.
The daughter of a successful Polish contralto, Podles first attracted attention while still a student in her native Warsaw, where she was engaged by the local company to sing Rosina in Rossini's BARBER OF SEVILLE. Her career developed quickly, and she began to make international appearances as early as 1982. The lighter quality that characterized her voice early on allowed for excellent performances of such roles as Rossini's Cenerentola and Bizet's Carmen as well as some lighter Russian roles. However, as her voice developed it took on a more characteristic dark quality that opened up a wider selection of parts, including Verdi's Eboli (DON CARLOS) and Ulrica (UN BALLO IN MASCHERA). Her signature performance has for some time been the title role in Rossini's TANCREDI. She also sings LA DONNA DEL LAGO and L'ITALIANA IN ALGERI. She has a very effective recital program called ‘Rossini Arias for Contralto’, which she has sung with the Moscow Chamber Orchestra in Carnegie Hall.”
Podles' recordings have been well received, including a disc of Chopin songs with pianist Garrick Ohlsson, Mélodies Russes (Grand Prix de L'Academie Française du Disque), and TANCREDI (nominated for a Grammy).”
- Rovi, allmusic.com
“Lukasz Borowicz is the Artistic Director of the Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra. Born in Warsaw in 1977, he studied at the Fryderyk Chopin Music Academy in Warsaw where he received a doctorate in conducting under Antoni Wit. He was an assistant conductor to Kazimierz Kord at the Warsaw National Opera, to Antoni Wit at the Warsaw Philharmonic and to Iván Fischer at the Budapest Festival Orchestra.
Lukasz Borowicz has appeared as a guest conductor with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Scottish SO, Konzerthausorchester Berlin, Komische Oper Berlin, NDR Radiophilharmonie Hannover, MDR Sinfonieorchester Leipzig, Düsseldorfer Symphoniker, Wiener Volksoper, Orchestra of the Opera in Marseilles, I Pomeriggi Musicali of Milan, Prague Symphony Orchestra and most of Polish symphony orchestras. Lukasz Borowicz has conducted at the Rossini Festival in Pesaro (the Haydn Orchestra with Ewa Podles;) and the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival (Moniuszko’s HALKA with the NDR Radiophilharmonie).
He made his operatic début with DON GIOVANNI at the Warsaw National Opera in Warsaw followed by ORFEO ED EURIDICE, MIDSUMMER’S NIGHT DREAM and THE RITE OF SPRING.
His recordings have been awarded two Diapason d’Or Prizes, two Fryderyk Prizes and were nominated for the Midem Classical Awards (2008) and the Preis der Deutschen Schalplattenkritik (2009). They also featured as the BBC Orchestral and Opera Choice on several occasions.”
- Culture Orchestra