PC: Dario Acosta
“Mezzo-soprano Fons, especially, brought range (both vocal and emotional) to a character who isn’t much more than an archetype in the libretto… That Laurene is more fully fleshed out than her initial appearance suggests is thanks entirely to Fons’ performance; it’s reason alone to buy a ticket.”
The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs at Seattle Opera
Megan Burbank, Seattle Times, February 25, 2019
Mezzo-soprano Emily Fons is impressing audiences and critics alike through her remarkable versatility as an interpreter of Mozart and baroque music as well as of Rossini and more contemporary composers. This season, Emily Fons makes her debut with Nashville Opera as Angelina in La Cenerentola and returns to the San Diego Opera as Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia. Future projects include returns to the Santa Fe Opera, the Göttingen Handel Festival and the Seiji Ozawa Academy, all in leading roles.
Last season Emily Fons returned to the Atlanta Opera as Angelina in La Cenerentola and to the Canadian Opera Company as Hänsel in Hänsel und Gretel.
Prior to that, Emily Fons returned to the San Diego Opera for Cherubino in Le Nozze di Figaro, made her Seattle Opera debut as Laurene in The [R]evolution of Steve Jobs and returned later in the summer as Maddalena in Rigoletto. She also appeared with Michigan Opera Theatre as Hänsel in Hänsel und Gretel and with Opera Theatre of St Louis as Poppea in The Coronation of Poppea.
In the 2017-2018 season, Ms. Fons performed the roles of Ruby in Cold Mountain with North Carolina Opera, Sister Helen Prejean in Dead Man Walking, with the Kentucky Opera, the title role in L’enfant et les sortilèges with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, and both a reprisal of L’enfant and La Ciesca in Gianni Schicchi with Seiji Ozawa’s Ongaku-Juku. Concert appearances included A Midsummer Night’s Dream with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra.
Ms. Fons’s 2016-2017 season included performances of Angelina in La Cenerentola with Opéra de Lille, Dorabella in Così fan tutte with Opera Omaha, Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni with Florentine Opera, and Cherubino in Le Nozze di Figaro with Boston Lyric Opera. In concert, she was heard in A Midsummer Night’s Dream with the Cleveland Orchestra and Franz Welser-Möst.
In 2015-2016, Ms. Fons made debuts with the New Orleans Opera as Prince Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus and the Canadian Opera Company as Cherubino in Le Nozze di Figaro. In concert she appeared with the Madison Symphony in Christmas concerts and with the Indianapolis Opera in their Crescendo series. Ms. Fons ended the season by returning to the Santa Fe Opera as Stéphano in Roméo et Juliette.
Other recent projects include Cherubino in Le Nozze di Figaro with the Dallas Opera, debuts with San Diego Opera as Zerlina in Don Giovanni and Seiji Ozawa’s Ongaku-Juku in the title role of L’Enfant et les Sortilèges, Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia in her role debut with the Madison Opera and a reprisal with Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Ruby in the world premiere of Cold Mountain with the Santa Fe Opera, Prince Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Siébel in Faust with the Atlanta Opera, the title role in Handel’s Faramondo at the Göttingen Festival (a performance that was released commercially by Accent), Sesto in Handel’s Giulio Cesare with Michigan Opera Theatre, and Cherubino in Le Nozze di Figaro at Santa Fe Opera. Concert highlights include Handel’s Messiah with conductor Jory Vinikour and the Alabama Symphony Orchestra and Mozart’s Requiem with the Los Angeles chamber Orchestra, and de Falla’s The Three-Cornered Hat with the Cleveland Orchestra.
Ms. Fons was a 2010 semi-finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and has also received awards from the Santa Fe Opera, the Milwaukee Civic Music Association, the National Association of Teachers of Singing, and Polanki, the Milwaukee Polish Women’s Organization. A native of Wisconsin, she completed her Master’s Degree in Opera and Music Theatre at Southern Illinois University, and is a graduate of the Ryan Opera Center at the Lyric Opera of Chicago.