Opera Edwardsville at Edwardsville City Park

Free Community Concert

September 30, 2022

Hansel in Hansel and Gretel

New Orleans Opera

November 18 and 20, 2022

Opera Edwardsville at Dunham Hall


December 3, 2022

Emily has been performing opera around the world for over a decade. Some of her favorite roles are opera’s traditional trouser roles: Cherubino, Orfeo, Ariodante and Hansel to name a few. It’s no wonder that she’s received rave reviews for the roles that she enjoys the most! Emily is “Iridescent, lusty, and absolutely ideal”. While in her spare time Emily can be found trail running without human company (her dog Lupita wants you to know that she’s there) it is in the end the collaboration that inspires her to keep performing. From the excitement of premiering a new work, to the gratification of using music to benefit local causes, Emily values the team spirit of the artistic endeavors she undertakes whether they are across the globe, or closer to home.


(Photo credit: Sophia Branen)

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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.


“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.”

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