Ilona Domnich is a rising opera star described by critics as a memorable voice of silken beauty with a luminous edge to the tone, a sensitive musician and an actress of magnetic presence. She was chosen by Opera Now 2014 as Top 10 high flyers, “new generation of sopranos who are destined to have impressive careers”.
Originally a pianist, Ilona was plucked by a legendary singing teacher Vera Rosza at one of the master classes. She went on to win the prestigious Wingate Scholarship to study at the Royal College of Music. Her career is growing steadily world-wide.
Operatic highlights include Rosina (Il barbiere di Siviglia), Jacqueline (Fortunio), Elle (La Voix Humaine), Melisande (Pellease et Melisande), Gilda (Rigoletto), Magda (La Rondine), Tatyana (Onegin), Zerlina (Don Giovanni), Pamina (Die Zauberflöte) ,Eurydice (Der neue Orpheus), Venus (Judgement of Paris), Mimi (La Boheme), Contessa (Le Nozze di Figaro), Madam Herz(Der Schauspieldirektor). She also covered the roles of Gilda, Olympia, Antonia, Gulietta for English National Opera.
Ilona developed close collaboration with English National Opera, BBC concert orchestra, Grange Park Opera, Buxton Opera Festival, English Touring Opera, London Concert Orchestra, Bury Court Opera, Iford Arts Festival and Bampton Classical Opera as well as Festival de Musique de Menton, Trasimeno Music Festival, Anghiari and Ischia festivals in Italy, Chopin festival in Mallorca, Wotton House music festival, Aldeburgh festival, Corbridge festival, North Norfolk festival, London Song Festival, Jersey international festival. Ilona appeared in concerts in London at Queen Elizabeth Hall, Westminster Cathedral, St. Johns’ Smith square, St. Martin in the Fields and internationally in Paris, Jerusalem, Tokyo, Nagoya, Kyoto and Osaka.
Ilona’s fruitful collaboration with Southbank Sinfonia and Simon Over, with whom she has performed the Brahms requiem, Mendelsohn ‘Lobgesang’, Ravel Sheherazade and the roles of Tatyana and Gilda, led to the creation of an Operatic CD 'Surrender' with the baritone Leo Nucci, recorded and produced by Rupert Coulson and to be released at Signum records in 2015.
Other symphonic repertoire includes Mahler’s Symphony 2 and 4, Mozart’s C minor Mass, Shostakovich’s Symphony 14, Dvozak’s Te deum.
Ilona has been studying with: Vera Rosza, Enid Hartle, Susan Roberts, Ludmila Andrew, Joan Rodgers, Janis Kelly, Yvonne Kenny.
“Rosina (Domnich) simpers and sulks, delivering sublime lyricism, superb staccati and ease of coloratura.” Guardian
St John’s Smith Square is one of London’s most popular Classical music venues, the building is a masterpiece of English Baroque architecture that has survived fire, lightning, bomb plots and the Blitz. The beauty of the building is matched by an exceptional acoustic. The Orchestra of St John's Smith Square has launched its own record label OSJAlive. The label’s first release is John Lubbock’s critically acclaimed interpretation of Faure’s Requiem performed at the venue in April 2013 featuring Ilona Domnich (Soprano) and Johnny Herford (Bass) with the Orchestra of St John’s and the OSJ Voices. The CD includes the World Premiere performance of John Lubbock’s moving orchestration of Faure’s “Eight Songs”, originally written with piano accompaniment. More >>
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