The career of tenor Emilio Pons has taken him across Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Latin America.
His operatic repertoire encompasses more than thirty roles, including: staples of the light lyric Fach such as Tamino (Mozart-Die Zauberflöte), Ferrando (Mozart-Così fan Tutte), Don Ottavio (Mozart-Don Giovanni), Il Conte d’Almaviva (Rossini-Il Barbiere di Siviglia), Nemorino (Donizetti-L’elisir d’amore), Narraboth (Strauss-Salome), Le Chevalier de la Force (Poulenc-Dialogues des Carmélites), Trouffaldino (Prokofiev-L’amour des trois oranges) and Lensky (Tchaikovsky-Yevgenij Onegin); a myriad of 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); and various supporting roles such as Arbace (Mozart-Idomeneo), Arturo (Donizetti-Lucia di Lammermoor), Jaquino (Beethoven-Fidelio), Pong (Puccini-Turandot), Laërtes (Thomas-Mignon), Beppe/Arlecchin (Leoncavallo-Pagliacci) and Malcolm (Verdi- Macbeth) amongst others.
He has sung under the baton of acclaimed conductors such as Mikhail Jurowsky, Daniele Callegari, Jiří Bělohlávek, Ingo Metzmacher, Frédéric Chaslin, Zoltan Pesko, Niksa Bareza, Federico Maria Sardelli, Rodolfo Fischer and Cornelius Meister amongst others; has worked with renowned stage directors such as Robert Carsen, Christof Loy, Guy Joosten, Richard Jones, Pier Francesco Maestrini, Jean-Louis Benôit, Mariame Clément and Benedikt von Peter, and has shared the stage with prominent singers such as Diana Damrau, Jennifer Larmore, Sophie Koch, KS Francisco Araiza, and Franco Vasallo, amongst others.
On the concert and recital stage, he has performed recitals in Germany, Belgium, The Netherlands, Switzerland, Spain, Russia, and Japan, and has performed in Concert in Israel (with the Jerusalem Camerata and the Be'er Sheva Sinfonietta), Azerbaijan (with the London Philharmonic Orchestra) and France.
Dr. Pons is co-founder and artistic director of the Sankt Goar International Music Festival and Academy. It's summer program is the only one of its kind in Europe dedicated exclusively to the study and promotion of the international art song genre.
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 from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, where he was a student of Carlos Montané and Andreas Poulimenos. In Europe, he continues to study privately under the tutelage of KS Francisco Araiza and Lyubov Stuchevskaya.
Dr. Pons has been a recipient of numerous scholarships and grants, including Mexico’s prestigious FONCA (National Endowment for the Arts), SIVAM (International Society of Mexican Artistic Values) scholarships (2000-2002), the Olympia Barbera and Culver Miller scholarships at the Indiana University School of Music (2002-2004), and INBA (National Fine Arts Institute of Mexico, as of 2003). He is a prize-winner of the Irma Cooper (2005), Palm Beach Opera (2005) and Pavel Lisitsian (2006) competitions and the RBT-Preis München award at the Hans Gabor “Belvedere” (2007) competition in Vienna.