Ilona Domnich is a lyric soprano (leggero), 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”. The Artist of the Month in Opera 2015 and was a Telegraph’s choice of best British-based talent December 2015.
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), Mimi (La Boheme), Gilda (Rigoletto),Olympia/Antonia/Giulietta (Tales of Hoffmann), Rosina (Il barbiere di Siviglia), (Fortunio), Elle (La Voix Humaine), Melisande (Pellease et Melisande), Magda (La Rondine), Tatyana (Onegin), Zerlina (Don Giovanni), Eurydice (Der neue Orpheus), Venus (Judgement of Paris), Madam Herz (Der Schauspieldirektor), Blondchen (Die Entfuhrung).
Ilona developed close collaboration with English National Opera, BBC Concert Orchestra, Grange Park Opera, Buxton Opera Festival, English Touring Opera, Northern sinfonia, Royal Philharmonic orchestra, London Concert Orchestra, Southbank Sinfonia, Festival de Musique de Menton, Trasimeno Music Festival and Anghiari in Italy, Chopin festival in Mallorca, Aldeburgh festival, London Song Festival, Jersey international festival.
Ilona appeared in concerts in London at Queen Elizabeth Hall, Royal Albert Hall, Barbican, Westminster Cathedral, St. Johns’ Smith square, St. Martin in the Fields and internationally in Paris, Menton, Segura, Rome, St.Peterburg, Jerusalem, Tokyo, Nagoya, Kyoto and Osaka.
Ilona’s fruitful collaboration with Southbank Sinfonia and Simon Over, with whom she has performed the Brahms requiem, Mendelssohn ‘Lobgesang’, Ravel Scheherazade, Gounod ‘ Missa sollemnis’ 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 (the producer of The Rolling Stones) is released by Signum classics.
Ilona is currently preparing roles with Montserrat Caballe to debut in Opera houses around the world. She will also sing Poulenc Gloria at Notre dame de Paris , Brahms requiem, Chant d’Auvergne, a recording of V. Williams ‘the Scott of Antarctic’ with Royal Scottish national orchestra, Beethoven 9th and recitals with Benjamin Frith and Simon Over in London and Nice. Ilona is also developing her own one woman show- based on songs of Marlene Dietrich and Jacques Brel with opera director James Bonas, Mark Risi and a jazz group.