mezzo-soprano Emily Fons made her debut with SDO in 2015 as Zerlina in Don Giovanni. Her success in opera has included appearances with the Atlanta Opera, Kentucky Opera, the Berlin Philharmonic, Opéra de Lille, and the Seiji Ozawa Music Academy in Tokyo, Kyoto. Emily also created the role of Ruby in Santa Fe Opera's world premiere of Jennifer Higdon's GRAMMY nominated Cold Mountain. We're excited to host her (and her dog) when she gets in to San Diego in less than two weeks!
1. What was your last gig before coming to San Diego? My last gig was the title role in Cesti's L'Orontea with Haymarket Opera in Chicago. 2. How do you relate to/feel about your character (Cherubino) in The Marriage of Figaro? I just love Cherubino. I feel like he is the child inside of me that
needs to be nurtured and allowed to play and explore and get in trouble
and find his way. I love the freshness of his experiences and his
emotions, I love the emotions he brings out in…
When you look at Soprano Sarah Shafer's diverse performance resume, it's hard to find a better example of a successful artist in 2018. Her unique ability to sing a variety of vocal and operatic repertoire keeps her busy. In the midst of singing as a soloist for chamber music concerts around North America, and less than a year after her debut at the MET, she is making her San Diego Opera as Susanna in The Marriage of Figaro (opening October 20th). We're excited to meet Sarah next week when rehearsals start, but she answered some casual questions so we could all get to know her better before then:
1. What was your last gig before coming to San Diego? I
was singing Samuel Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915 in Norway with
the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra. It was very rainy and very beautiful! 2. How do you relate to/feel about your character (Susanna) in The Marriage of Figaro? I
love Susanna — she is maybe the character I relate most to in all of
opera. I love that she is a …
Lyric, coloratura soprano Alisa Jordheim will make her company debut as Gilda in Rigoletto in the beginning of February. Native of Appleton, Wisconsin, Alisa comes to us with a variety of experience in opera, oratorio, and musical theater performance; and prioritizes her health and exercise to maintain an active career. Recent appearances include: Opéra national de Paris,Palm Beach Opera, and Crypt Sessions NYC.
Miss Jordheim was kind enough to pause her Holidays to break the ice with us before we start rehearsals on January 14th, we can't wait to meet her!
1. What was your last gig before coming to San Diego? "Three concerts (in one day!) on New Year’s Eve with the New
Philharmonic; and, a concert of opera scenes (including some from
Rigoletto) with the New York Opera Society." 2. How do you relate to/feel about your character (Gilda) in Rigoletto? "I relate to Gilda’s close relationship to her father as I am very
close to mine (of course, a big difference I have …