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"Yvonne Fontane's interesting, dark-voiced Cherubino, quivering with apprehension."
(The Marriage of Figaro, Opera Holland Park 1999, The TIMES)

"The culmination of the Jenufa symposium at the University of Nottingham was a concert performance of a new reconstruction of Act 2 in the version heard at the Brno premiere in 1904 - the young German mezzo Yvonne Fontane generated great emotional power as a formidable Kostelnicka."
(Jenufa, The Czecj and Slovak Music Society 1999)

"A mezzo soprano of great charm, impeccable diction, and a superb command of the Lied which she sang so expressively, displaying a beautiful tonal quality. She is an intelligent singer whom I fully expect to make her mark in the highly competitive world of lieder which demands much more than just the possession of a fine voice and Yvonne Fontane has all the necessary qualities."
(Schubert Society of Great Britain, 1999)


"Helmrath's trick to have memorised the score to such an extent that he hardly ever had to look into his music gave the interpretation an intensity which was strengthened by the flawless singing of the soloist Yvonne Fontane (mezzo soprano)."
(Tehellim by Steve Reich, Dresdner Sinfoniker's inaugural concert, 1997)

"..was much helped by the Carmen of Yvonne Fontane, who WAS indeed the real Carmen - Sultry, sexy, remorselessly calculating yet betimes wildly abandoned and driven as much by impulse and an apparent desperately sustained need as by calculating seduction. Miss Fontane was less the actress or the singer playing the role than the role itself. For surely, Carmen with all her inner turmoil and torments and her apparently unstoppable animal appetites and instincts must become the actress/singer if the role is to be realised in all its greatness and indeed, this is how I reacted to Miss Fontane - all expressed in glorious voice with the assured confidence of an excellent singer."

(Carmen, Castleward Opera 1997, BELFAST NEWSLETTER)

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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)