Russian opera singer Ilona Domnich will discuss and sing excerpts from one of Verdi’s great masterpieces, the opera Rigoletto, a tale of immorality and corruption of innocence, censured when it first came out.
Having performed the role of Gilda, Ilona will perform the beautiful aria ‘Caro Nome’ – as well as give rare, expert-led insight into what it takes to interpret and shine in a leading role.
Ilona Domnich is a lyric soprano, chosen by Opera Now in 2014 as one of the Top 10 High Flyers and named by the Telegraph as the best British-based talent in December 2016.
Ilona has collaborated with numerous opera houses and world-class orchestras, from the English National Opera to the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
She has appeared in concerts in London at Queen Elizabeth Hall, Royal Albert Hall, Barbican, Westminster Cathedral and internationally in Paris, St Petersburg, Tokyo and Rome – to name but a few.
Performance highlights include Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Mimi in La Boheme, Gilda in Rigoletto and Zerlina in Don Giovanni.
Lucy is the founder/director of Divas & Scholars. She is passionate about opera; a fascination fuelled by a few years spent living in Vienna. On returning to London she began organising recitals for rising star opera singers in her home and later developed a successful programme of lecture-recitals and master classes at the prestigious Cadogan Hall, London.
A choral singer herself, Lucy has a deep respect for the art of the opera singer. Keen to promote emerging talent as well as to share her love of the genre, she has created these unique opera appreciation events with specialist lecturers and opera singers.
Housed in a majestic six-floor Art Deco building in the heart of London’s Fitzrovia, Mortimer House has served as residency to some of the greatest cultural, literary and intellectual figures of the 20th century and now provides a new experience for those who wish to create, work and unwind in equal measure.
Founded upon a philosophy of providing holistic balance in work and life, it is intended to satisfy the needs of both the head and the heart.
Mortimer House is also home to ground floor restaurant Mortimer House Kitchen, serving exceptional Mediterranean cuisine which attendees of the Cerebral Sessions can enjoy before or after classes.