Emily Fons, also a mezzo soprano, brought rich tone to the role of Ruby, conveying rough-hewn lustiness.
– James Keller, The Santa Fe New Mexican

Emily Fons, singing with ringing, resonant tone, is delightful as the take-charge, mountain girl, Ruby, who comes to help Ada run her farm.
– Mary Helen Klare, The Albuquerque Journal

Mezzo Emily Fons was just right for the no-nonsense role of Ruby, the woman who teachs Ada the art of survival.
– T.R. Reid, The Washington Post

It was the darker-voiced mezzo soprano, Emily Fons, who created an immediately recognizable character in her depiction of the edgy, strong-willed Ruby. With golden sounds that included an opulent mid-range, she sang that her only teacher was hunger while she taught Ada how to live off the land and plan for a Spartan future.
– Maria Nockin, Opera Today