Cold mountain recording

Now available: Jennifer Higdon’s Cold Mountain featuring Emily Fons

Jennifer Higdon’s Cold Mountain has been released on CD and is available for digital download at This recording features the original cast – including Ms. Fons as Ruby – from the world premiere performance at the Santa Fe Opera in 2015. It was the darker-voiced mezzo soprano, Emily Fons, who created an immediately recognizable character in her depiction of…

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One of Opera’s Rising Stars

Emily Fons is one of the best singing actors of her generation. “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…

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VIDEO: Don Giovanni with The San Diego Opera

If you aren’t able to make it to San Diego to see Emily’s debut with the San Diego Opera as Zerlina in Don Giovanni, you can sneak a peak in this video!

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New performances added to schedule

New performances added to Emily’s schedule include excerpts from Cold Mountain with Guggenheim Works and Process, The Barber of Seville with the St. Louis Opera, Le Nozze di Figaro with Canadian Opera Company and Il Barbiere di Siviglia with Pittsburgh Opera.

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New performances added to 2015 schedule

The following performances have been added to Emily’s schedule for 2015: February 2015 – Zerlina in Don Giovanni with the San Diego Opera February 2015 – Soloist in the Mozart Requiem with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra March 2015 – L’Enfant in L’Enfant et les Sortileges with the Ongaku-Juku Festival Visit Emily’s schedule page for more information!

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Listen to the premiere of Faramondo at the International Händel Festival – Live

Save the date! On May 31, 2014, you can listen to the LIVE premiere of “Faramondo” at the International Handel Festival in Göttingen, Germany at 6 p.m. CET (12 p.m. EDT). Emily Fons is performing the title role in Georg Friedrich Händel’s “Faramondo.”

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World Premiere of Cold Mountain

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. Watch a video of the news conference here.

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Madison Opera April 2015: The Barber of Seville

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.…

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International Handel Festival in Goettingen, Germany

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…

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Upcoming performances in Dallas, Chicago

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…


2013 Wilde Award Nominations

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…


Le nozze di Figaro – Santa Fe Opera

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…