Emily Fons American Mezzo Soprano

Emily Fons American Mezzo Soprano

Emily Fons American Mezzo Soprano


hansel gretel

Hansel in Hansel and Gretel

with Opera San Antonio

October 5 and 7, 2023


Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni

with Inland Northwest Opera

December 15 and 17, 2023

Watch Emily sing "Voi che sapete"

Watch American Mezzo Soprano Emily Fons sing "Voi che sapete" in Le Nozze di Figaro with Canadian Opera Company.

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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.


Upcoming performances in Dallas, Chicago


2013 Wilde Award Nominations


Le nozze di Figaro – Santa Fe Opera

Studio Sessions Cabaret in Cincinnati (2023) Photo: Philip Groshong

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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.”

Opera News

OPERA NEWS Cover story featuring Emily Fons