Ilona Domnich was born in St. Petersburg, and studied at the Royal College of Music. She was discovered by Vera Rozsa who invited her to join the RCM after hearing her at a vocal masterclass. She went on to win the prestigious Wingate Scholarship and has been working with Enid Hartle, Yvonne Kenny, Joan Rodgers, Susan Roberts and Ludmilla Andrew.
Her operatic roles include Rosina IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA for English National Opera, Jacqueline FORTUNIO for Grange Park and Buxton Festival Opera, Tatyana EUGENE ONEGIN for Grange Park and Iford Arts Festival, Gilda RIGOLETTO at Bury Court and the Anghiari and Ischia Festivals in Italy, Blonde DIE ENTFÜHRUNG AUS DEM SERAIL at Dartington Opera School, Mimi LA BOHEME, Zerlina DON GIOVANNI and Pamina DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE for English Touring Opera, Melisande PELLEAS ET MELISANDE at Grimeborn Festival and Bury Court Opera, Countess LE NOZZE DI FIGARO for Co Opera, Magda LA RONDINE for Iford Arts Festival, Venus THE JUDGMENT OF PARIS at the Wigmore Hall, Mimi LA BOHÈME for Vignette Productions in London, Cambridge and festivals in France as well as Madam Herz DER SCHAUSPIELDIREKTOR, Colombina THE JEWEL BOX and Lisetta LA VERA COSTANZA. She also recently covered the roles of Stella / Olympia / Antonia / Giulietta in the new production of LES CONTES D’HOFFMANN and Gilda RIGOLETTO for English National Opera.
On the concert platform she has performed at the Royal Albert Hall, Barbican, Symphony Hall, Bridgewater Hall, Cadogan Hall, Sage Gateshead, Wigmore Hall, St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Queen Elizabeth Hall, St John’s Smith Square, St. James’ Piccadilly, St. George’s Hanover Square and in St. Petersburg, Paris, Jersey Seillans, Anghiari, Menton, Jerusalem and Japan for orchestras including the LSO, BBC Concert Orchestra and Southbank Sinfonia. She has performed Chopin recitals with Angela Hewitt and various broadcasts for BBC Radio including Poulenc’s LA VOIX HUMAINE. Her repertoire includes Mozart’s MASS IN C MINOR, Mendelssohn’s ELIJAH, Mahler’s 2nd SYMPHONY, Verdi’s REQUIEM, Faure’s REQUIEM, Dvorak’s TE DEUM, Strauss’ BRENTANO SONGS, Poulenc’s LA VOIX HUMAINE and GLORIA, Shostakovich’s 14th SYMPHONY and Beethoven’s 9th SYMPHONY. She has made many recordings including her own solo albums Le Secret which she recorded on the Quarts label in 2009 and an album of operatic arias Surrender, voices of Persephone released in 2015 on Signum Classics.
Recent and upcoming engagements include Stella / Olympia / Antonia / Giulietta LES CONTES D’HOFFMANN for English Touring Opera, title role DIE LUSTIGE WITWE for Ryedale Festival and a busy concert schedule including performances at Royal Albert Hall, Barbican, Symphony Hall, Bridgewater Hall, Cadogan Hall, Sage Gateshead, Three Choirs Festival, Notre-Dame de Paris and Chants d’ Auvergne.