Artistic / Stage Director

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"The mere fact that this Carmen presented so many paradoxes, and invites so many conflicting responses, is a measure of how far Fontane has managed to penetrate plot and personality, and get others to do so around her." MVDAILY.COM 2004

Parallel with her singing career, 2004 marked the start of Yvonne's now extensive work as stage director with a highly acclaimed production of CARMEN at Stowe Opera. Take a look at photos, reviews and ideas of some of her productions to date.

Projects for 2013 include a brand-new production of Bizet's CARMEN for WINSLOW HALL OPERA at Winslow in Buckinghamshire. WHO (formerly STOWE OPERA) and its opera festival were re-formed in 2012 with Yvonne's acclaimed production of LE NOZZE DI FIGARO and this CARMEN is continuing Yvonne's long and successful connection with this company.

"Her production of LE NOZZE DI FIGARO" was just about faultless, too, perceptive, funny, sweet, touching." OPERA NOW, 2012

"Yvonne Fontane's exceptionally intelligent production..." CUMBERLAND NEWS 2009, The Merry Widow

Yvonne's opera productions endeavour to tell the story with so much true emotion that audiences will once again understand why protagonists and choruses break into song to express their feelings. She challenges audiences to allow themselves to raise onto a similarly heightened emotional level as the characters on stage, to truly experience their emotional journey.

"Lakeland Opera is run by Yvonne Fontane, an artist blessed with forcible staging skills and raunchy acting gifts..." OPERA NOW 2010

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LONDON FESTIVAL OPERA

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.

PRODUCER of the ART SHOW "STEINKLANG"

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)

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)