Theater Jones

“Mezzo soprano Emily Fons has a dynamite voice: dark and rich yet flexible, and that dark sound is gloriously natural, not manufactured as we sometimes hear. She is universally praised for her androgynous portrayal of young men in many pants roles, such as Nicklausse in Offenbach’s Tales of Hoffmann.” – Theater Jones

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Opera Britannia

“Young American soloist Emily Fons was almost beyond praise in the title role. Her powerful mezzo allied with solid technique produced fireworks in almost every aria, with stunning virtuosic cadenzas. Pretty singing and affecting feeling in “Si, tornerò” contrasted with gripping force in “Sebben mi lusinga” with her voice moving up a gear in the da capo, an…

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Seen and Heard International

“Emily Fons made the character of Count Orlofsky a pivotal part of the evening, with her rich mezzo fitting the role well. The sincere tone she set with the number “Brüderlein und Schwesterlein” carried through to the other soloists and the chorus.” – Seen and Heard International

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The Santa Fe Reporter

“Emily Fons as Cherubino deserves special mention. She’s had illustrious predecessors here in the role, Helen Vanni, Frederica von Stade and Isabel Leonard among them. But fret not. Fons is up there with the best in terms of flexibility, phrasing, vivacity. “Voi che sapete” nearly steals the Countess’ heart, and it easily steals ours in…

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Madison Magazine

“Fons immediately unwrapped the vocal gifts that have put her on a firm track to the world’s major opera houses: a coloratura range and flexibility that were as silky smooth and accurate as they come. The vocal lines of this work should prove somewhat daunting to the average performer, but Fons reeled off one after…

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Encore Michigan

“In the role of Sesto, mezzo soprano Emily Fons made a major impact with her gleaming voice; she sang the role of Cornelia’s son with great passion.” – Michael H. Margolin (Encore Michigan)

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Chicago Tribune

“In Lyric’s staging, the roles of the Muse of Poetry and her earthly incarnation as Nicklausse, Hoffmann’s sidekick, take on greater musical and dramatic presence. This is the breakout part those of us who have been following the ascent of Emily Fons have been waiting for. Not only does the Ryan sophomore look suitably androgynous,…

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