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Join us for a recital with
Mezzo-Soprano Emily Fons

Friday, April 26 at 7 p.m. CST

 Bob & Pat Endries Performance Hall

Franciscan Center for Music Education and Performance 


Join Holy Family College as we welcome the well-renowned American mezzo-soprano vocalist, Emily Fons. Ms. Fons was hailed by Opera News as one of opera’s rising stars and one of the best singing actresses of her generation, and received a Grammy nomination for her work on Jennifer Higdon’s “Cold Mountain.”

Ms. Fons will be accompanied by Janna Ernst. Ms. Ernst earned her Master’s Degree in Collaborative Piano at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Ms. Ernst works steadily as an accompanist and vocal coach in both the university and professional setting. She is currently working in the opera theatre department at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Ms. Fons and Ms. Ernst will be performing at Bob & Pat Endries Performance Hall in the Franciscan Center for Music Education & Performance on Friday, April 26 at 7 p.m. CSTThis is a night of music not to be missed!

Purchase TicketsInterested in singing with Emily and getting expert feedback? Join us for Friday's free masterclass, available to all on a first-come, first-served basis! Click here to sign up.

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Mezzo-Soprano Emily Fons has made several exciting role and company debuts in recent seasons that have set her apart as a versatile, powerful and engaging performer. Ms. Fons was hailed by Opera News as one of opera’s rising stars and one of the best singing actresses of her generation, received a Grammy nomination for her work on Jennifer Higdon’s "Cold Mountain".

Ms. Fons has been lauded for her virtuosic abilities in Baroque and Bel Canto repertoire, her winning portrayals of opera’s traditional “trouser roles," and the dramatic commitment and musicality she brings to modern works. In the past few seasons Ms. Fons has sung with The Berlin Philharmonic, The Santa Fe Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, The International Händel Festspiele, the Cleveland Orchestra, Dallas Opera, San Diego Opera, Opera Omaha, Boston Lyric Opera, the Florentine Opera, Madison Opera, Opéra de Lille, the Ongaku-Juku Festival, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and Opera Theatre of Saint Louis. 

Learn more about Emily Fons here. 

Emily Fons Opera min"Don Giovani" – San Diego Opera

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"Le Nozze di Figaro" – Santa Fe Opera


"Sibel in Faust" – The Atlanta Opera


Prospective students are invited to sign up for the chance to sing, receive advice from Ms. Fons and more!

Friday, April 26 
3:00 - 4:30 p.m. CST

The masterclass is free and offered on a first come, first served basis. We encourage you to sign up today.


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 to see her commitment through."

– Keith Waits for Broadway World

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 in early 2016. Performing as the petulant 'l’enfant' of the title, Fons used a compulsively watchable mix of theatrical gesture and vocal pyrotechnics to embody her character."

– Catherine Kustanczy for Opera Canada 



The following recordings are an example of Emily Fons' virtuosic abilities. 

1. Crystal Streams in Murmurs Flowing from Handel's Susanna

2. Guilt Trembling from Handel's Susanna


3. "If Guiltless Blood Be Your Intent" from Handel's Susanna

4. Parto, Parto from La Clemenza Di Tito by Mozart


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