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Ewa Podleś



Ewa Podleś in action.
Ewa Podleś in La Fille du régiment, The Royal Opera © ROH/Catherine Ashmore, 2014

Polish contralto Ewa Podles sings La Marquise de Berkenfeld (La Fille du régiment) at the Royal Opera House in the 2013/14 Season. She has previously sung Madame de la Haltière (Cendrillon) with The Royal Opera.

Podles was born in Warsaw and studied at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw. She made her stage debut as Rosina (Il barbiere di Siviglia) in 1975. With an extremely agile voice that covers a range of more than three octaves, she is often credited as being the leading contralto of her generation. She has performed for leading companies worldwide, including La Scala, Milan, the Metropolitan Opera, New York, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Liceu, Barcelona, and Teatro Real, Madrid, in roles ranging from the title role in Rinaldo to Klytämnestra (Elektra). She is particularly renowned for her performances in Rossini roles and Baroque opera. In recital she has appeared at venues including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Wigmore Hall, Théâtre des Champs-Elysées and the Warsaw Philharmonic Concert Hall.

Podles has made numerous recordings and received many awards and accolades, including the Order of Polonia Restituta, one of Poland’s highest orders. She lives with her husband, the pianist Jerzy Marchwinski, in Warsaw.