Pagliacci & Cavalleria Rusticana

at Lakeland Opera in 2007

After a successful production of CARMEN in 2005, Yvonne returned to Lakeland Opera in October/November 2007 to direct PAGLIACCI and CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA. This production went on a small tour to the Keswick Theatre by the Lake, The Coronation Hall in Ulverston and the Sands Centre in Carlisle. David Sutton, who has worked at ENO, WNO and Scottish Opera had now been appointed as the company's Musical Director and this truly marked a new beginning for Lakeland Opera. Both operas were written in the genre of Italian “verismo” – the true and honest portrayal of every day life. The style of “verismo” – realism and naturalism - began to emerge during the second half of the 19th century.

The great musical and dramatic effect of the two operas is due to their clearly structured stories together with the undeniable, emotional power of the strong and beautiful phrases of Belcanto. The passionate nature of both dramas is intense and riveting achat cialis en ligne. It challenges the singers and the orchestra to find shades and colours within their performances that can reflect with honesty, the strength of the characters’ emotions.

The realism of the operas show that love can both set you free, but also hold you in a strong grip of confusing emotions such as jealousy, frustration and doubt - specially within the sometimes devastating confines of rigid social and religious rules.

Although written over 100 years ago, what unfolds in the operas can be made relevant to our emotional lives in this day and age. It is easy to identify with the characters if we as the audience accept their heightened emotional state and allow ourselves to experience their journey on a similar level. Yvonne was asked by the company to sing the role of Santuzza and was joined by a dramatically and vocally very strong cast: Andy Morton Canio/Turridu, Michaela Bloom Nedda, Craig Smith Tonio/Alfio, Douglas Nairne Silvio, Anando Mukerjee Beppe, Mary Burman Mamma Lucia.

Set and lighting was once again taken on by the young and very creative designer Lois Maskell who also worked with Yvonne on Lakeland Opera's CARMEN production in 2005.

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"STEINKLANG" - a multi-layered, highly creative art experience that combines Yvonne's own music with Manfred Dangl's stone sculptures. The art installation can be viewed in Murnau, Bavaria and is not be missed. Visit


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/Navrasa Duende Festival New Delhi

In 2018, Yvonne is continuing with her work as leading mezzo soprano for LONDON FESTIVAL OPERA including concerts at the Navrasa Duende Festival in New Delhi 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)


"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)

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