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.
Ms. Fons’s 2016-2017 season includes 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 will be heard in A Midsummer Night’s Dream with the Cleveland Orchestra and Franz Welser-Möst. Future projects include appearances with the Berlin Philharmonic, the Seiji Ozawa Matsumoto Festival, San Diego Opera, North Carolina Opera, and Kentucky Opera.
In 2015-2016, Ms. Fons made several debuts: first with the New Orleans Opera as Prince Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus, then with the Canadian Opera Company as Cherubino in Le Nozze di Figaro and finally with the Lyric Opera of Baltimore as Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia. 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 Stephano in Romeo et Juliette.
In the 2014-2015 season Ms. Fons returned to the Dallas Opera for her celebrated portrayal of Mozart’s Cherubino in Le Nozze di Figaro before joining the Alabama Symphony and Jory Vinikour for Handel’s Messiah. This season included a notable number of debuts: first with the San Diego Opera as Zerlina in Don Giovanni and then with the legendary Seiji Ozawa’s Ongaku-Juku in the title-role of Ravel’s L’Enfant et les Sortilèges. In concert, Ms. Fons appeared with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra in Mozart’s Requiem. She also returned to her home state of Wisconsin for her first Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia with the Madison Opera, a role she repeated with Opera Theatre of St Louis. She finished the season by returning to the Santa Fe Opera for the role of Ruby in the world premiere of Jennifer Higdon’s highly-acclaimed Cold Mountain.
Other recent projects include 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 recorded commercially for the Accent label), Sesto in Handel’s Giulio Cesare (a role she also covered at the Metropolitan Opera) and Cherubino in Le Nozze di Figaro at Santa Fe Opera. Other recent appearances on stage include concerts of Opera Pops with the Dallas Opera, de Falla’s The Three-Cornered Hat with the Cleveland Orchestra, and Christmas concerts with the Madison Symphony.
In the spring of 2012 Emily Fons made her debut with Chicago Opera Theater as Masha in Moscow, Cheremushky by Dimitri Shostakovich followed by a personal triumph as Megacle in Vivaldi’s L’Olimpiade with the Garsington Opera. Earlier, she completed her second summer as an apprentice with the Santa Fe Opera. There she portrayed Flora in a new production of La Traviata, and covered the roles of Meg Page in Falstaff, and performed the roles of Dorabella and Cendrillon in scenes from Così fan tutte, and Cendrillon. She also appeared as the Sandman (Hänsel cover) in Hänsel und Gretel, and Kate in The Pirates of Penzance with the Indianapolis Opera. She has participated in the University of Miami’s Summer Program in Salzburg, the Oberlin Baroque Performance Institute, and the Masterworks’ Festival. As a member of the Ryan Opera Center at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Ms. Fons performed Nicklausse in Les Contes d’Hoffmann and Fyodor in Boris Godunov, Mercedes in Carmen, Peep-Bo in The Mikado, and one of the Pages in Lohengrin. She also performed the role of Angelina in the Ryan Opera Center’s production of La Cenerentola; as well as covered Hermia in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Pitti-Sing in The Mikado, and Dejanira in Handel’s Hercules.
Ms. Fons was a 2010 semi-finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and has also received awards from Polanki; the Milwaukee Polish Women’s Organization, the National Association of Teachers of Singing, the Milwaukee Civic Music Association, and the Santa Fe Opera.
A native of Wisconsin, Ms. Fons completed her Master’s Degree in Opera and Music Theatre at Southern Illinois University. Opera roles sung at Southern Illinois include: Hansel in Hansel and Gretel, Giannetta in The Elixir of Love, and Angelica in Suor Angelica. She received her undergraduate degree from Luther College where she was awarded the Brudos Prize and was heard in performances of The Merry Wives of Windsor, and Britten’s Albert Herring.