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.
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), and Blondchen (Die Entfuhrung).
Ilona developed close collaborations 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 and released by Signum classics.
Recent performances include 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.
Future plans include: Recitals at the Wigmore Hall, Roman River Music Festival, Oxford Lieder Festival, concerts with Raymond Gubbay, War Requiem at Coventry and Leicester, Voix du Cabaret tour, Brahms’ Requiem, concerts with Gould piano trio in Tenerife and a concert with Alexander Melnikov in Finland.