EMILY FONS, AMERICAN MEZZO SOPRANO

Dear friends and supporters of the arts, COVID-19 continues to take an immense toll on the artistic community around the world. I encourage you to support your local arts organizations, and support legislation that provides continuing aid to those businesses and individuals who cannot yet safely reopen or return to work.

I am happy to announce that I have joined the roster at Minerva Artists, continuing my relationship with my manager Michael Benchetrit. Congratulations to Michael on his new company, and to all the artists who are joining him in this new chapter. I can also announce the rescheduling of Il Barbiere Di Siviglia at San Diego Opera which will now take place April 25th-May 1st 2021 at an outdoor venue. I speak for all artists when I say that the gratitude we feel towards companies who have innovated and allowed us to continue to work, support ourselves, and to bring art and entertainment to our communities is huge.

Please continue to check back for updates on rescheduled performances, news, and digital appearances, and as always follow me on Twitter @emilysings, my Facebook fan page, and Instagram @singwithfonsy for the latest.

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. She was hailed by Opera News as one of opera's rising stars and one of the best singing actresses of her generation, and received a Grammy nomination for her work on Jennifer Higdon's Cold Mountain.

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 FOR THE SEATTLE TIMES

“The mezzo’s characterizations have ranged from a sharp-elbowed, drily witty Rosina at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis to an endearingly gawky Cherubino in Santa Fe and a bespectacled, man-hungry Peep-Bo in The Mikado at Lyric Opera of Chicago, where she was a member of that company’s Ryan Center. This past summer, the thirty-two-year-old Wisconsin native created the role of the strong-willed, resourceful Ruby in Santa Fe Opera’s world premiere of Jennifer Higdon’s Cold Mountain.”

Opera News

OPERA NEWS Cover story featuring Emily Fons