Amneris, Santuzza, Maddalena

Aida, Cavalleria Rusticana, Rigoletto

2011
"Musically and mainly also dramatically, Amneris outshines Aida and Radames as their rival. The Munich-born singer, Yvonne Fontane sings and acts her as the ice-cold schemer and desperate lover. Highly musical and with a dark, glowing mezzo never wavering in intonation during her jealous outbreaks, she is deeply moving in the judgement scene."
(AIDA Amneris, Gut Immling Germany 2011, BAYRISCHER RUNDFUNK KLASSIK)
 
"Yvonne Fontane had a light, bright mezzo soprano and not the usually expected dramatic, dark mezzo. But she used her vocal means skilfully in order to fulfil the needs of this role, which in this case is a promiscuous princess, literally dressed in peacock-like attire who has submitted to all things materialistic."
(AIDA Amneris, Gut Immling Germany 2011, SUEDDEUTSCHE ZEITUNG)
 
"Yvonne Fontane's acting and singing is from the first until the last moment inspiring and extremely present. She pulls all the registers as the king's daughter and Aida's rival to Radames: at first calculating, arrogant and contemptuous, then iratic, later desperate and forceful, and in the end fully accepting of her fate."   CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL REVIEW
 
(AIDA Amneris, Gut Immling Germany 2011, KLASSIK HEUTE Stefan Ackermann)

 

"Yvonne Fontane's vocal fine tuning and her stage presence make the king's daughter the most interesting character."

(AIDA Amneris, Gut Immling Germany 2011, OBERBAYRISCHES VOLKSBLATT)

 


 "Fontane gave a superb performance of Mon coeur s'ouvre a ta voix from Samson and Dalilah."
(A NIGHT AT THE OPERA, London Festival Opera, Lichfield Garrick) CLICK HERE FOR A FULL REVIEW
2009
"It is ultimately the German mezzo soprano Yvonne Fontane, who, in the role of Amneris, dominates the stage with her aura, her vocal qualities and her musicality."
(AIDA Amneris, Idee Fixe Belgium 2009, LA LIBRE BELGIQUE)
2007
"Dark and luscious, her fabulous mezzo soprano has all the fluidity of melted chocolate."
(CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA Santuzza 2007, NORTH WEST EVENING MAIL)
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"Without doubt the star of the show was Yvonne Fontane, also the artistic director, who drove home the pain of being ostracised and excommunicated."
(CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA Santuzza 2007, CUMBRIA LIFE) 
2004
Mid Wales Opera, UK Rigoletto 2004:
"Her (Gilda's) anguish and that of the betrayed Maddalena is all too palpable, and Yvonne Fontane conveys this strongly."
(The Guardian)
"With a total cast of only eight singers, Yvonne Fontane has to sing three roles. This she does with complete dramatic and vocal versatility and effectiveness."
(IC Wales)
"Yvonne Fontane was excellent as Maddalena."
(The TIMES)

 

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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)