Published on August 4th, 2012 02:43 PM
Luiz Gazzola met in person Yvonne Fontane in London, for this intriguing interview [Opera Lively interview # 54]. The accomplished singer and stage director is a lovely and charming lady who is so vivacious in her facial expressions and intonation that it is a shame that this is not a video interview, since on paper some of the fun won't be transmitted to our readers. Ms. Fontane is intense, and her passion for what she does pours out in every answer of hers. This is so striking that one of our staff members who was transcribing the audio file, said "I want to hug her!" Having met her in person, Almaviva couldn't agree more. This is one fascinating lady! We would be very curious to attend one of her productions, because if she can transmit to her team and to her audience all her ebullient enthusiasm for opera, the audience will surely be in for a treat!
Ms. Fontane is one of the driving forces of Stowe Opera, a very interesting company that is now producing their shows on the beautiful grounds of Winslow Hall in England. Hopefully someone among our British readers will attend their upcoming show and post a review. Meanwhile, let's immerse ourselves in the pleasure of reading Ms. Fontane talking about her deep insights into the psychology of her characters, as well as her original approach to stage directing. Enjoy, readers; this interview is a winner! (Questions by MAuer and Almaviva)