The lastest Aria of the Week is the grand scene for contralto in Rossini's Ciro in Babilonia. Ewa Podles is the contralto taking on the trouser role, and truly making it her own. Take a listen in particular to the low notes from 6:30 - 6:50, and the fierce note high in the chest register at the end of the scene.
Dame Clara Butt
Angela Christine Smith