The Santa Fe Opera announced its 2015 Summer Festival season Tuesday, which includes the world premiere of Cold Mountain, the first opera by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Jennifer Higdon. Emily Fons is excited to announce that she will be performing the role of Ruby.
I am thrilled to announce that I will be singing near home at the wonderful Madison Opera! I can’t believe I have the treat of singing such a great role as Rosina with great colleagues close to my friends and family.
“The greatest operatic comedy returns to Madison Opera for the first time in twelve years. With a count in multiple disguises, a young woman trying to outwit her guardian, and a barber being paid to ensure a happy ending, what could possibly go wrong? Rossini’s spectacular, memorable music will thrill and delight from the first note to the last.”
Ms. Fons is currently rehearsing for the title role in Faramondo at the International Handel Festival.
“Faramondo, King of the Franks, and his former ally Gernando, King of the Swabians, are in love with the same woman, Rosimonda, daughter of the hostile Cimbrian King Gustavo. Her brother Adolfo loves Faramondo’s sister Clotilde and rebels against his father, who sentences him to death. A story of revenge, intrigues, love and jealousy takes its fateful course. Out of love for Rosimonda, the disguised Faramondo joins forces with her father in the fight against the traitors.”
Emily is off to Dallas at the end of the month to present the first of two family friendly concerts that the Dallas Opera will offer over the next few months. The concerts will feature current and recent repertoire of the Dallas Opera and will include well known favorites by Gounod, Mozart, and Offenbach. Check out the Dallas Opera website for more information about this and other family friendly events at the opera!
The Lyric Opera of Chicago season is well underway, and after her brief stop in Dallas, Emily will head to Chicago to begin rehearsals for Die Fledermaus. This new-to-Chicago production is also Emily’s role debut as Prince Orlofsky. The Lyric will present 9 performances of Die Fledermaus over the holidays. For more information about the production and for tickets, visit the Lyric Opera website.
Emily Fons was nominated for a 2013 Wilde Award for her performance in Giulio Cesare (Julius Caesar) as Sesto at the Michigan Opera Theatre in November 2012.
The production of Giulio Cesare was also nominated for Best Opera.
About the Wilde Awards:
Professional theaters from across Michigan will share the spotlight Monday, August 19, 2013 when The 2013 Wilde Awards are presented at The Berman Center for the Performing Arts in the Detroit suburb of West Bloomfield. Presented by EncoreMichigan.com, The Wilde Awards honor the excellent work produced by Michigan’s professional theaters.
Le nozze di Figaro has opened at the Santa Fe Opera! You can view press photos from the production here.
Here’s a snippit from news coverage from the Santa Fe New Mexican:
How fortunate we are that the Mozart family spent so much time writing letters, and that, against all odds, many of the missives that passed among them were saved by their recipients and preserved for succeeding generations. The opera Le nozze di Figaro first surfaces in the family’s correspondence in late 1785. Wolfgang had been living in Vienna for four years by then. His mother had passed away, but his father, Leopold, was still living in the composer’s native Salzburg and his sister, Nannerl, was residing in St. Gilgen, about 20 miles distant from Salzburg. Letters flowed among them. On Nov. 11, 1785, Leopold wrote to Nannerl… Read more at Santa Fe New Mexican.