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 as one of its Top 10 high flyers, a new generation of sopranos who are destined to have impressive careers.
Originally a pianist, Ilona was plucked by a legendary singing teacher Vera Rosza during one of her masterclasses. She went on to win the prestigious Wingate Scholarship to study at the Royal College of Music. Her career is growing steadily worldwide.
Operatic highlights include Rosina (Il barbiere di Siviglia), Jacqueline (Fortunio), Elle (La voix humaine), Me?lisande (Pelle?ase et Me?lisande), Gilda (Rigoletto), Magda (La Rondine), Tatyana Onegin), Zerlina (Don Giovanni), Pamina (Die Zauberflo?te), Eurydice (Der neue Orpheus), Venus (Judgement of Paris), Mimi (La Bohe?me), Contessa (Le nozze di Figaro), Madam Herz (Der Schauspieldirektor). She also covered the roles of Gilda, Olympia, Antonia, Gulietta for English National Opera.
Ilona has appeared 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, 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 has 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, Mendelssohn ‘Lobgesang’, Ravel She?he?razade and the roles of Tatyana and Gilda, led to the creation of this CD. Other symphonic repertoire includes Mahler’s Symphony 2 and 4, Mozart’s C minor Mass, Shostakovich’s Symphony 14, and Dvora?k’s Te Deum.
“The most compelling performance of the piece I’ve ever witnessed: not big in gesture… but minutely observed, utterly credible, and sang with disarming, jewel-like beauty.” Opera Now
“Rosina (Domnich) simpers and sulks, delivering sublime lyricism, superb staccati and ease of coloratura.” Theatre Critics
“Ilona Domnich’s radiant, childlike Me?lisande, the most mesmerising, tender and idiomatic impersonation of this role that I have seen.” Evening Standard
“It was all so touching, so delicate, as complex as a woman’s soul … a dreamlike interpretation: a secure, firm voice of attractive colour; her performance at times like a frightened animal, at times like a comforting mother .” The Guardian
“Ilona Domnich looked the part in spades from the moment she sauntered onstage: elegant, slightly aloof, beautifully costumed and moving like a panther…her voice with occasional moments of lyrical power absolutely soared over the orchestral texture that underpins her.” The Financial Times