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Short excerpt: "Almaviva met in person Yvonne Fontane in London, for this intriguing interview. The accomplished singer and stage director is a lovely and charming lady who is so vivacious in her facial expressions and intonation that it is a shame that this is not a video interview, since on paper some of the fun won't be transmitted to our readers. Ms. Fontane is intense, and her passion for what she does pours out in every answer of hers...This is one fascinating lady! We would be very curious to attend one of her productions, because if she can transmit to her team and to her audience all her ebullient enthusiasm for opera, the audience will surely be in for a treat!Ms. Fontane is one of the driving forces of Stowe Opera, a very interesting company that is now producing their shows on the beautiful grounds of Winslow Hall in England. Hopefully someone among our British readers will attend their upcoming show and post a review. Meanwhile, let's immerse ourselves in the pleasure of reading Ms. Fontane talking about her deep insights into the psychology of her characters, as well as her original approach to stage directing. Enjoy, readers; this interview is a winner! (Questions by MAuer and Almaviva)"


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In 2016, Yvonne will continue to enjoy her many engagements as leading mezzo soprano with London Festival Opera to venues including in Germany, Italy, Malta and the UK.

Nova Scotia Symphony Orchstra

On February 12 and 13/2016, Yvonne will be singing in Halifax, Canada with the Nova Scotia Symphony Orchestra. The venues are the Halifax World Trade Centre and the Dalhouse Arts Centre.


On April 7 and 8/2016 Yvonne is producing and partaking in "STEINKLANG", a multi-media production that combines Yvonne's own composed music and songs with the art of wood and stone sculptures. Venue: Tenne Hub in Penzberg, Bavaria.

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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)


"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,

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)