Ilona Domnich (Soprano)
Identified by Opera Now as one of the 'new generation of sopranos destined to have impressive careers', an Artist of the Month in Opera magazine, and on the Telegraph’s list of 'best British-based talent ', Ilona Domnich is a lyric soprano of growing distinction.
She has taken leading roles with ENO (Rosina/Barber of Seville), Grange Park Opera (Tatyana/Onegin), ETO (Pamina/ magic flute, Zerlina/ Don Giovanni, Mimi/Boheme, all three Heroines/Tales of Hoffmann) and Glaiche in Medea. Ilona performed Gilda/Tatiana and Melisande and Bury court opera.
Her festival appearances include Aldeburgh, Ryedale, Menton, Jersey, Buxton, Anghiari, Mallorca, Tenerife. And recent concert highlights include recitals with pianist Angela Hewitt; Sheherazade with the St Petersburg Philharmonic; a Viennese galas with the CBSO, Halle and Brighton symphony orchestra; Mystic Trumpeter by Holst with BBCCO, appearances on radio 4 on 'Woman's hour' and a live Radio 3 broadcast for International Women's Day with the BBCCO premiere of 3 songs by Müller - Hermann and Martinez.
Born in St. Petersburg, she studied piano before being spotted by the legendary singing teacher Vera Rosza, who brought her to London on a vocal scholarship at the RCM. Since then she has developed close relationships with the Southbank Sinfonia and Simon Over, and with the Oxford Lieder Festival and Sholto Kynoch.
Her recordings include an opera CD, Surrender, with the baritone Leo Nucci on Signum, and Vaughan Williams' film score for Scott of the Antarctic with the RSNO, Le secret with Quartz, Schostakovich CD with Braga records and Faure CD with OSJ.
Coming up, she has a War Requiem with the RPO in Coventry Cathedral, another recording with the RNSO, recitals with Alexander Melnikov, Benjamin Frith and the Gould Piano Trio, Weinberg recitals at Wigmore Hall, concerts in Germany and Austria, Schubert Stabat mater with OSJ, Brahms requiem with Brandenburg choir, and a tour of her own one-woman cabaret show based on songs by Marlene Dietrich, Jacques Brell and Edith Piaf. Ilona was also preparing new opera roles concentrating on bel canto repertoire with assistance from Montserrat Caballe, until madame Caballé passed away in October 2018.