Ten Questions with Emily Fons

Ten Questions With…

Emily Fons, mezzo
Rosina in The Barber of Seville

1.  Where were you born / raised? 
I was born in Milwaukee and raised in the Bay View neighborhood of Milwaukee.

2.  If you weren’t a singer, what profession would you be in?
I would work with animals in some way, maybe with wildlife rehabilitation or in an animal shelter.

3.  My favorite opera is…
Hansel and Gretel.

4.  My favorite pre/post-show meal is…
Pre – something filling like a veggie burrito or a big salad with beans and quinoa and avocado.
Post – something terrible like French fries and ice cream.  🙂

5.  People would be surprised to know that…
I’ve been a vegetarian for almost 14 years.

6.  What is your favorite song to belt out at karaoke?
Probably some Céline Dion or something.  🙂

7.  What is your pop culture guilty pleasure?
Probably my Instagram account.  I love taking selfies with my dog.

8.  A few of my favorite films are…
Death at a Funeral, Noises Off, Clueless, Bridget Jones’ Diary, Office Space, Star Wars 4-6, Home Alone, Jurassic Park, Babe the Gallant Pig.  I don’t aspire to any great artistic knowledge of film, as you can see.

9.  If we were to turn on your ipod right now, what five artists/songs would we see on your recently-played list?   
The only things I really listen to on my ipod are things that I’m working on, so you’d find a lot of opera.

10.  What is the best costume you’ve ever worn? 
In Laurent Pelly’s production of La Traviata at Santa Fe Opera.

Bonus:  One question you wish someone would ask you (and the answer):
Q:  Could you please tell us about your dog?
A:  I could talk about her until your ears fall off.  I rescued her when I was an apprentice in Santa Fe, have had her for 5 1/2 years, and she is my best friend.

Don’t miss the chance to see Emily in The Barber of Seville, a classic operatic comedy!  Performances are April 24 and 26 in Overture Hall.  Tickets start at $18; visit madisonopera.org for more information.

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