Die Hexe, die Mutter

Hänsel und Gretel


"Yvonne Fontane was another who caught my eye. First as the Mother and then as the Witch, her acting was superb, demonstrating her versatility both in the way she created characters and used her vocal colours. She sang ‘Da liegt nun der gute Topf in Scherben!’ with true emotion and was brilliant in ‘Halt!’ as the Witch, casting a spell over Hänsel and Gretel, ‘Hokus pokus, bonus jokus’."

(Hänsel und Gretel Mutter & Hexe 2008, Diva Opera, OPERA NOW)

Diva Opera’s Yvonne Fontane gave an outstanding and terrifying performance as the witch in the original Engelbert Humperdinck’s opera Hänsel und Gretel.

(Hänsel und Gretel Mutter & Hexe 2008, Diva Opera, Henley Standard)

2003 "Things really catch fire with the appearance of Yvonne Fontane's leggy, vampish witch, a performance that mixes panto with torching sexual ardour and genuinely artful singing - a kind of feral forest Carmen."
(Hansel and Gretel, Stowe Opera 2003, The TIMES)

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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, 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)