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Roy Thomson Hall’s 2006-2007 International Vocal Recitals

Ewa Podleś, contralto

Roy Thomson Hall Recital Debut

Sunday, March 18, 2007, 2:00 pm

Roy Thomson Hall

$40 to $95
Call 416-872-4255
or visit the Roy Thomson Hall Box Office

Her voice has been called "a force of nature" (San Francisco Chronicle), "astounding" and "spine-chilling" (Opera News), and "one of the wonders of the world" (National Post). Widely regarded as the world’s foremost contralto, Ewa Podleś makes her Roy Thomson Hall recital debut on Sunday, March 18, at 2:00 pm as part of Roy Thomson Hall’s International Vocal Recitals series. Pianist Ania Marchwińska accompanies her in a program that includes art songs by Chopin, Rachmaninoff and Tchaikovsky; Haydn’s cantata Arianna a Nasso; and Zigeunerlieder (Gypsy Songs) by Brahms.

Ewa Podleś is no stranger to Toronto, and has become a local favourite, thanks to her "spellbinding" performances with the Canadian Opera Company and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. She has starred at most of the world’s great opera houses, including the Metropolitan Opera, La Scala, Deutsche Oper Berlin and Opéra Bastille, Paris. Mme. Podleś is also a much sought-after recital and concert performer. She has been guest soloist with many leading orchestras and conductors and has appeared on major art-song recital series in the cities of New York, Cleveland, Atlanta, St. Paul, Chicago, Montreal, Paris, Amsterdam, London, Moscow and Warsaw, among others. Her critically acclaimed recordings include complete operas and solo recitals on the Deutsche Grammophon, EMI, Naxos, Forlane, Delos and Arabesque labels.

The Polish-born diva combines a voice of incredible richness and beauty with "staggering range, agility and amplitude." Her repertoire embraces the baroque splendours of Handel, the acrobatic coloratura of Rossini, and the lush romanticism of Mahler, Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninoff. She has also championed the rarely-performed songs of her compatriot Frederic Chopin.

Highlights of her 2006-2007 season include appearances with orchestra in Madrid, Venus, Barcelona and Krakow, and performances with the Moscow Chamber Orchestra in Moscow and St. Petersburg. Her operatic engagements include the title roles in Rossini’s Tancredi in Warsaw and Handel’s Giulio Cesare for Seattle Opera. This spring, she portrays the role of Klytemnestra in the Canadian Opera Company’s production of Strauss’ Elektra.

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Roy Thomson Hall’s 2006-2007 International Vocal Recitals series concludes with the

Toronto debut of American soprano DEBORAH VOIGT on Tuesday, May 8, 2007 at 8:00 pm.

Call 416-872-4255 for tickets.


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