American Mezzo-Soprano Emily Fons has made several exciting role and company debuts in recent seasons that have set her apart as a versatile, powerful, and engaging performer. Ms. Fons was hailed by Opera News as one of opera’s rising stars and one of the best singing actresses of her generation.
Ms. Fons has been lauded for her virtuosic abilities in Baroque and Bel Canto repertoire, her winning portrayals of opera’s traditional “trouser roles”, and the dramatic commitment and musicality she brings to modern works. In the past few seasons Ms. Fons has sung with The Santa Fe Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, The International Händel Festspiele, the Cleveland Orchestra, Dallas Opera, San Diego Opera, the Ongaku-Juku festival, and the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra.
2016 begins with Ms. Fons portraying the role of Cherubino in her company debut with the Canadian Opera Company. From Toronto, she will go on to make company debuts in Baltimore and Pittsburgh singing the role of Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia.
The summer of 2016 takes Ms. Fons back to The Santa Fe Opera as Stéphano in Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette. Ms. Fons had the honor of creating the role of Ruby Thewes in Jennifer Higdon’s much-anticipated opera Cold Mountain for the Santa Fe Opera in 2015. Ms. Fons will be featured on a recording of the work which will be released by Pentatone records in the spring of 2016.
Other recent performances include the title role in L’enfant et les Sortilèges under the baton of renowned maestro Seiji Ozawa, Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia with Opera Theater St. Louis and the Madison Opera, Zerlina in Don Giovani with the San Diego Opera, and the title role in Handel’s Faramondo with the International Händel Festspiele in Göttingen, Germany.
Ms. Fons is a native of Milwaukee, Wisconsin and looks forward to several exciting upcoming role and company debuts both close to home and abroad.