(Born April 26, 1952 in Warsaw)
Ewa Podles is an internationally acclaimed Polish coloratura contralto.
She has an extrarordinary range up to soprano high D and posseses great vocal agility.
Ewa Podles first appeared onstage as a toddler playing the part of "Trouble" in Madama Butterfly. Her "Butterfly mother" was years later to later become her singing teacher and longtime friend.
She made her deubt in 1975 as Rosina in The Barber of Seville by Rossini. Her Metropolitan debut came in 1984 when she sang the title role in Handel's Rinaldo for just a few performances only.
She continued her career singing regularly in most of the main European houses and a with a select few American companies. She was not to sing at the Met again for another 24 years - until 2008 when she sang the role of La Cieca in La Gioconda by Ponchielli.
Her repertoire includes Bertarido in Handel's Rodelinda, the title role in Rossini's Tancredi, the title role in Handel's Giulio Cesare, Isabella in Rossini's L'Italiana in Algeri, Erda in Wagner's Ring Cycle, Klytämnestra in Richard Strauss's Elektra and the Princess in Puccini's Il Trittico.
Her unique voice and committed performances have endeared her to audiences and critics alike and she has often been affectionately called "a force of nature."
Despite this as a performer she is somewhat elusive as she is not a prolific performer and she prefers shorter roles to more daunting ones like Semiramide.
Her husband is the acclaimed pianist Jerzy Marchwinski and they live in Warsaw, Poland.