Poland’s Ewa Podles´, a rare true contralto, made her Seattle Opera debut in 2003 as Adalgisa in Bellini’s Norma, performances which earned her the company’s Artist of the Year award. She returned in 2005 for Erda and the First Norn in Wagner’s Ring cycle. Recent engagements include the title role in Rossini’s Tancredi at the Caramoor Festival—a role she has sung for Teatro alla Scala and Staatsoper Berlin and will sing for Teatro Real in Madrid in December—Malcolm in Rossini’s Donna del lago for Minnesota Opera, Bertarido in Handel’s Rodelinda for Dallas Opera, and Arsace in Rossini’s Semiramide for Gran Teatre del Liceu. Other North American appearances include Giulio Cesare in San Diego, Azucena in Verdi’s Trovatore in Milwaukee, Ulrica in Verdi’s Ballo in maschera in Detroit, and Jocasta in Stravinsky’s Oedipus Rex in Toronto. Future engagements include Polinesso in Handel’s Ariodante for San Francisco Opera, the Marquise in Donizetti’s Fille du regiment and Ulrica for Houston Grand Opera, Klytemnästra in Richard Strauss’s Elektra for Canadian Opera Company, and La Cieca in Ponchielli’s Gioconda at the Metropolitan Opera. Podles´ appears frequently in recital and concert at such venues as the Salle Pleyel, Wigmore Hall, and Carnegie Hall.