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 2016.
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 is released by Signum classics.
Ilona’s recent teacher was Montserrat Caballe with whom Ilona worked on new roles to debut in Opera houses around the world.
Recent performances : the Role of Glauce in Medea, Concert with Angela Hewitt in Trasimeno, concerts with Martin Yates and Charles Mutter at Aujols, Poulenc Gloria at Notre dame de Paris, international woman’s day concert live on BBC 3 with BBCCO, Brahms requiem, Chant d’Auvergne, a recording of R.V.Williams ‘The Scott of Antarctic’ with Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Ravel Shaharezade with St. Petersburg Philharmonic, ‘The Mystic Trumpeter with BBCCO, Viennese opera concert with CBSO, Beethoven 9th and recitals with Benjamin Frith, Sholto Kynoch in Oxford, London and Leeds.
Ilona has developed and performed a one woman show- based on songs sung by Marlene Dietrich, Jacques Brell and Edith Piaf with James Bonas director.
Future plans include: Recitals at the Wigmore Hall, Four last songs in Cardiff, Mystic trumpeter (Holst) with Three choir festival, Kurt Weill- Marie Galante with Martin Yates, Rossini -Petite messe solennelle in Oxford, Oxford Lieder festival with Sholto Kynoch, War Requiem at Coventry cathedral, ‘Voix du Cabaret’ tour, Brahms requiem, concerts with Gould piano trio in Tenerife, Concert with Alexander Melnikov in Finland, Linus Roth in Gohrisch, concerts at Usher hall and Royal Glasgow Hall and a recording with Royal Scottish National orchestra and Martin Yates.