Opera

  • CARMEN

Yvonne Fontane has had outstanding success in the title role of CARMEN including at Queensland Opera in Brisbane, the Raymond Gubbay/Royal Albert Hall Production with the BBC Concert Orchestra as well as at Opera Holland Park with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the celebrated choreographer Craig Revel Horwood. Also, at Castleward Opera in Northern Ireland, the Belfast Grand Opera House, on the London City Opera/Columbia Artists' extensive USA tour and at Stowe Opera in Buckinghamshire.

Yvonne joined the RTE Irish Radio Concert Orchestra in Dublin and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at the Hampton Court Festival for concert performances of CARMEN. In 2013, Yvonne sang the role of Carmen for Winslow Hall Opera, UK.
  • AMNERIS

2009 saw Yvonne in her debut as AMNERIS (Aida) for the Grand Open Air Festival Idée Fixe in Brussels, Liège, Gent and Namur. She returned to the role of AMNERIS at Chiemgau Festival's 2011 season in Germany with the Muenchner Symphoniker.

  • CLOTILDA
  • SANTUZZA
  • JENNY'S GIRL
  • BESSIE
  • DULCINÉE
  • SOEUR AINNEE & LE LOUP
  • MADDALENA
  • LA ZIA PRINCIPESSA

In 2007, Yvonne Fontane joined the cast of Pegasus Opera for performances at the Sadlers Wells Theatre in London in the opera KOANGA by Frederick Delius singing the role of CLOTILDA. This production was in support of the bicentenary celebrations of the abolition of the slave trade in Great Britain.

2007 also offered the opportunity for Yvonne to extend her repertoire into the dramatic soprano fach when she sang the role of SANTUZZA (Cavalleria Rusticana) at Lakeland Opera in Cumbria with great success.

Other operatic engagements included JENNY'S GIRL (The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny, Kurt Weill) and DULCINÉE (Don Quixote/cover) at English National Opera. In a double-bill of Weill's MAHAGONNY SINGSPIEL and Darius Milhaud's LES MALHEURS D'ORPHEE, Yvonne appeared as BESSIE and SOEUR AINNEE/LE LOUP respectively in Augsut 2012 with the Orquesta Filharmónica de la UNAM in Mexico City. This production was conducted by Jan Latham-Koenig and directed by Nicola Raab. 

Yvonne has also sung MADDALENA (Rigoletto) on an extensive UK tour for Mid Wales Opera and Diva Opera and she returned to Opera Holland Park to sing LA ZIA PRINCIPESSA (Suor Angelica) with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

  • LA CANTERINA
  • LO SPEZIALE
  • CHERUBINO
In contrast, Yvonne has sung the trowser roles in LA CANTERINA and LO SPEZIALE at the Haydn Festival in Eisenstadt, Austria under the musical direction of Stephan Vladar and the New Austro/Hungarian Haydn Philharmonia. She has also performed CHERUBINO at Opera Holland Park again with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
  • DIE HEXE
  • CARMEN
  • DORABELLA
  • CONTESSA ALMAVIVA

Yvonne has performed at Stowe Opera for four seasons since 2003. She performed DIE HEXE (Hansel und Gretel), followed by the above mentioned CARMEN (Carmen) in 2004 and then DORABELLA (Cosi fan tutte) in 2005.

In July 2012, she made her long-awaited return to Stowe Opera (now Winlsow Hall Opera) at their newly found home at Winslow Hall in Buckinghamshire, UK as LA CONTESSA (Le Nozze di Figaro).

  • DIE HEXE
  • DIE MUTTER
  • PHEADRA

A live broadcast with the RTE Irish Radio Symphony Orchestra under Gerhard Markson heard Yvonne perform DIE HEXE (Hansel und Gretel) in 2009, a role she also sang throughout 2008, together with the role of DIE MUTTER on an extensive tour to Europe and the UK with Diva Opera.

In 2009, Yvonne recorded the role of PHEADRA (The Bride of Dionysus) by Donald Tovey for the Dutton Epoch Label, specialists in British Music. This was in colaboration with the BBC Ulster Orchestra and was crowned RECORDING OF THE MONTH by www.musicweb-international.com in April 2010.

  • KOSTELNIÇKA
  • GRIMGERDE
Two more concert performances were KOSTELNIÇKA (Jenufa) with the Nottingham Philharmonia and GRIMGERDE (Die Walkuere) with the Oxford Philomusica under Mario Papadopoulos.
  • TOSCA
Since late in 2014, Yvonne has been working in the fach of the lyric dramatic soprano, such as Tosca for London Festival Opera. She is excited to continually extend her repertoire in that fach.

 

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PRODUCER of "STEINKLANG"

"STEINKLANG" - a multi-layered, highly creative art experience that combines Yvonne's own music with Manfred Dangl's stone sculptures, lit by lighting designer Phil Kong. The artwork will be installed in Murnau, Bavaria and is ready to be viewed from Sept. 2017. To view, hire or purchase this installation, please email...

SINGER/SONGWRITER: SONG RELEASE

21.7.2017: Yvonne's song "Dei Hand" has been released on the compilation CD "OBERLANDSAMPLER O3" featuring solo artists and bands of the region Oberland in Southern Bavaria.

London Festival Opera/Nova Scotia Symphony Orchstra

In 2017, Yvonne is continuing with her work as leading mezzo soprano for LONDON FESTIVAL OPERA including concerts with the Nova Scotia Symphony Orchestra in Canada and numerous performances including in Venice, Vienna and the UK.

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CARMEN @ WHO Carmen and Stage Director

"Fontane, a cultivated singer, vocalised with plenty of curdling chest-notes and a kind of untrammelled physical ardour...There was loads of atmosphere...The action was full of nuanced human relations, the principals a group of predatory animals circling with wary blood-lust, acutely alive to the possibility of prey..." (OPERA NOW)

AIDA Amneris in Germany

"Yvonne Fontane sings and acts Amneris as the ice-cold schemer and desperate lover. Highly musical and with a dark glowing mezzo never veering in intonation during her jealous outbreaks, she is deeply moving in the judgement scene." (Gut Immling Festival, BAYRISCHER RUNDFUNK KLASSIK)

THE BRIDE OF DIONYSUS Pheadra

"Yvonne Fontane has a silvery pure voice, strong on clarity of diction yet imbued with humanity and with the ability to act with the voice." (CD of 'THE BRIDE OF DIONYSUS' Pheadra with the BBC Ulster Orchestra, Dutton Epoch, www.musicweb-international.com)

LE NOZZE DI FIGARO Stowe Opera La Contessa and Stage Director

"Her production of LE NOZZE DI FIGARO was just about faultless, too, perceptive, funny, sweet, touching, her Countess dramatically many layered and fitting comfortably in the voice."(OPERA NOW) "Figaro was a beautifully precise, profound piece of work" (OPERA NOW)