Emily Fons

— Mezzo-Soprano

"Mezzo-soprano Fons, especially, brought range (both vocal and emotional) to a character who isn’t much more than an archetype in the libretto. As some reviewers opined of the opera’s world premiere at Santa Fe Opera in 2017, the story here turns on a disappointing cliché: that of a good woman who helps a socially challenged genius become a better person. There’s no denying this — though there’s talk of Laurene’s MBA and professional ambitions, she first appears onstage to tell Steve he’s working too hard and needs to take a break. 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."
Megan Burbank, Seattle Times, February 25, 2019 - Laurene Powell Jobs in 'The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs' with Seattle Opera

"Portrayed by…Emily Fons, Cherubino most unselfconsciously embodied the lusty spirit of this production. Fons effortlessly captured the charm, confusion, resourcefulness and raging hormones of adolescence, and her Act I aria, “Non so piu cosa son,” and her Act II canzona, “Voi che sapete,” were sung with such innocence, such lyrical purity, that they were among the most memorable moments in the opera. Her acting didn’t seem like acting…"
James Chute, Opera News, January 2019 - Cherubino in 'Le nozze di Figaro' with San Diego Opera

"The second half of the program was a live concert performance of Ravel’s L’enfant et les sortilèges, featuring a who’s who of young opera talent. Toronto audiences may remember mezzo soprano Emily Fons from her memorable turn as Cherubino in the Claus Guth-directed version of Le nozze di Figaro produced by the Canadian Opera Company in early 2016. Performing as the petulant “l’enfant” of the title, Fons used a compulsively watchable mix of theatrical gesture and vocal pyrotechnics to embody her character."
Catherine Kustanczy, Opera Canada, January 23, 2018 - Title Role in 'L’enfant et les sortilèges' with Berlin Philharmonic

"At the heart of this story is, of course, Sister Helen Prejean. Emily Fons makes her Kentucky Opera debut in this role, bringing Prejean’s humor, outspokenness and deep faith to light. Fons’ warm voice foregrounds Prejean’s compassion, while still showing the doubts she has about undertaking this journey and, ultimately, the strength of her convictions to see her commitment through."
Keith Waits, Broadway World, October 30, 2017 - Sisten Helen Prejean in 'Dead Man Walking' with Kentucky Opera

"Mezzo-soprano Emily Fons created a fiery, deeply human Donna Elvira, blending a dark, warm, mezzo sound, with vocal agility and an easy command of the role’s soprano range."
Elaine Schmidt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, March 18, 2017 - Cherubino in 'Le nozze di Figaro' with Florentine Opera


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 modern composers.

This season, Emily Fons looks forward to returning to the San Diego Opera for Cherubino in Le Nozze di Figaro, to making her Seattle Opera debut as Laurene in The [R]evolution of Steve Jobs, to returning to Michigan Opera Theatre for Hänsel in Hänsel und Gretel and to Opera Theatre of St Louis for Poppea in The Coronation of Poppea. Future . . .

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