REVIEWS

Laurene Powell Jobs in The [R]evolution of Steve Jobs with Seattle Opera

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…

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Cherubino in Le Nozze Di Figaro with San Diego Opera

Portrayed by…Emily Fons, Cherubino most unselfconsciously embodied the lusty spirit of this production. Fons effortlessly captured the charm, confusion, resourcefulness and raging hormones of adolescence, and her Act I aria, “Non so piu cosa son,” and her Act II canzona, “Voi che sapete,” were sung with such innocence, such lyrical purity, that they were among…

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Sister Helen Prejean in Dead Man Walking at Kentucky Opera

At the heart of this story is, of course, Sister Helen Prejean. Emily Fons makes her Kentucky Opera debut in this role, bringing Prejean’s humor, outspokenness and deep faith to light. Fons’ warm voice foregrounds Prejean’s compassion, while still showing the doubts she has about undertaking this journey and, ultimately, the strength of her convictions…

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L’enfant in Ravel’s L’enfant et les sortilèges with Mo. Ozawa and the Berliner Philharmoniker

The second half of the program was a live concert performance of Ravel’s L’enfant et les sortilèges, featuring a who’s who of young opera talent. Toronto audiences may remember mezzo soprano Emily Fons from her memorable turn as Cherubino in the Claus Guth-directed version of Le nozze di Figaro produced by the Canadian Opera Company…

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Don Giovanni at The Florentine Opera

Mezzo-soprano Emily Fons created a fiery, deeply human Donna Elvira, blending a dark, warm, mezzo sound, with vocal agility and an easy command of the role’s soprano range. Elaine Schmidt for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

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Le Nozze Di Figaro at Boston Lyric Opera

The standout of the cast was a Woody Guthrie-inspired Cherubino in jeans, cowboy hat, and carrying a guitar, performed outstandingly by Emily Fons. The classic pants role was convincingly acted. Her boyish tosses of the arm and a gawky posture simply made the audience forget they were looking at a woman until she opened her…

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Dorabella in Cosi Fan Tutte with Opera Omaha

The equal of Majeski’s Fiordiligi was Emily Fons’s Dorabella. Fons’s rich voice, elegant line, and playful manner left one longing for more. The duets between the sisters were transcendent: Majeski and Fons sang with such consonance of breath, dynamic, phrasing, and emotion it was as if they were one voice singing in perfect harmony with…

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Susanna by G.F. Handel at the International Handel Festival in Göttingen, Germany

Fons was an affecting Susanna, with her gorgeous rich tone, super diction, exquisite coloratura and her detailed attention to the text producing lambent tones on critical notes. One can single out the air “Bending to the throne of glory” as displaying all her strengths, with a sustained controlled cadenza in the da capo. Another tour…

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La Cenerentola, Opéra de Lille

… la jeune Emily Fons est, dans le rôle-titre, une heureuse révélation, alliant un timbre riche et corsé à une projection aussi insolente que son agilité. Un soupçon de larme sur la voix, un rien de sobriété dans l’art de l’ornementation, et elle sera sans aucun doute une très grande Angelina. … the young Emily…

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Le Nozze di Figaro, Canadian Opera Company

The tone is set early on with Fons’ achingly beautiful and poignant rendering of Cherubino’s “Non so piu cosa son.” – Michael Crabb, Toronto Star Emily Fons is an androgynous delight as Cherubino, with a honeyed yet light voice and great physical daring. – Lydia Perovic, The Globe and Mail

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Don Giovani, The San Diego Opera

Mozart gave all the memorable tunes to Zerlina, and Fons’ fresh, shimmering mezzo made the most of Moazart’s bounty, especially her aria used to comfort Masetto “Vedrai, Carino.” – Ken Herman, San Diego Story Fons…seems to be at the onset of a most impressive career. Her singing was an iridescent wave of vocal color as she…

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Cold Mountain, The Santa Fe Opera

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…

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