The career of tenor Emilio Pons has taken him across Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Latin America. Since his professional debut in at the Mariinsky Theater in Saint Petersburg, Russia, he has performed internationally at the Grand Théâtre de Genève and Theater St Gallen in Switzerland; the Royal Opera House, Copenhagen, Denmark; the Vlaamse Opera, Ghent & Antwerp, Belgium; Grand Théâtre de Luxembourg; the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence and Opéra de Metz, in France; the Sankt Margarethen Opera Festival, the Salzburg State Theater and the WKO in Austria; Munich’s Prinzregenten Theater, the Deutsche Oper am Rhein, Düsseldorf, the Magravial Opera House in Bayreuth, and the theaters of the cities of Augsburg, Bielefeld, Braunschweig, Coburg, Freiburg, Heidelberg, Magdeburg, Regensburg and Wuppertal, in Germany; the Nordnorsk Opera in Norway; Vilnius City Opera, in Lithuania; Opera Siam in Bangkok, Thailand; in Singapore with the National Symphony Orchestra; as well as Compañía Nacional de Ópera de Bellas Artes, Mexico City; Teatro Julio Mayor in Bogota, Colombia, Teatro Municipal de Santiago, in Chile and Theatro Municipal of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Upcoming projects include debuts the Théâtre de Champs Elysées in Paris and the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam.
His operatic repertoire encompasses more than thirty roles, including: staples of the lyric Fach such as Tamino (Mozart-Die Zauberflöte), Ferrando (Mozart-Così fan Tutte), Don Ottavio (Mozart-Don Giovanni), Il Podestà (Mozart-La finta giardiniera), Tom Rakewell (Stravinsky–The Rake’s Progress), Nemorino (Donizetti-L’elisir d’amore), Narraboth (Strauss-Salome), Il Conte d’Almaviva (Rossini-Il Barbiere di Siviglia), Lensky (Tchaikovsky-Yevgenij Onegin), Le Chevalier de la Force (Poulenc-Dialogues des Carmélites), Trouffaldino (Prokofiev-L’amour des trois oranges); variouos leading roles in lesser known works, including the title role in Porsile’s Spartaco, Mad Woman (Britten-Curlew River), Hypollit (Henze-Phaedra), Egeo and Sole (Cavalli-Il Giasone, commercially released on DVD), Richmond (Battistelli-Richard III), Serge/Adolphe (Martinů-Die drei Wünsche), Le Commissaire (Martinů-Juliette), Fernando (in the German première of Granados’ Goyescas, amongst others.
He has sung under the baton of acclaimed conductors such as Mikhail Jurowsky, Mac Albrecht, Daniele Callegari, Jiří Bělohlávek, Ingo Metzmacher, Enoch zu Guttenberg, Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla, Frédéric Chaslin, Zoltan Pesko, Niksa Bareza, Federico Maria Sardelli and Cornelius Meister amongst others. He has worked with renowned stage directors such as Robert Carsen, Christof Loy, Guy Joosten, Richard Jones, Katie Mitchell, Pier Francesco Maestrini, Joan Anton Rechi, Arila Siegert, Jean-Louis Benôit, Mariame Clément and Benedikt von Peter. On the concert and recital stage, he has performed recitals in Germany, France, Belgium, The Netherlands, Switzerland, Spain, Poland, Russia, Japan, Azerbaijan (with the London Philharmonic Orchestra) and Israel (with the Jerusalem Camerata and the Be’er Sheva Sinfonietta).
Emilio Pons holds a graduate degree in Piano from the National Conservatory of Music in Mexico and a Juris Doctor degree from the Universidad Iberoamericana, in addition to Master and Doctor of Music Degrees in voice performance and literature from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. His doctoral field of specialization was Russian phonetics for the operatic stage. As a pedagogue, Dr. Pons maintains a private studio in Germany, and has given master classes at McGill University/Montreal, Canada; Indiana University/Bloomington, IN, Ohio State University/Columbus, OH, Rossevelt University/Chicago, IL, University of Kentucky/Lexington, KY; and the National Opera Studio, Palacio de Bellas Artes, Mexico City, amongst other institutions. His students sing in leading opera houses and festivals across Europe. He is also artistic consultant for Rheingold Artists in Germany, and in such capacity, he has brokered contracts for artists in leading opera houses and festivals in Germany, France and Spain.
Dr. Pons is a member of the European Cultural Parliament, and co-founder and artistic director of the Sankt Goar International Music Festival and Academy. A skilled polyglot, Dr. Pons speaks English, Spanish, French, Italian, German and Russian –all fluently. He is a dual citizen of Germany and Mexico.