Biography

Iryna Ilnytska, mezzo soprano from Stakhanov in Ukraine, began studying music at the age of eight. At the age of twelve, she won first prize at an opera competition in Lugansk (Ukraine) for young singers singing Olga’s aria from Tchaikovsky’s “Eugene Onegin”.  A few years later she sang the whole Olga’s role on the stage of Kiev Opera Studio. The roles of Carmen and Dalila followed soon afterwards.

In summer 2013 Iryna graduated from the Academy of Music Claudio Abbado in Milan, where she studied classical voice with Prof. Vincenzo Manno.

Her opera stage debut in Switzerland was the role of she-devil in Shostakovich’s opera “Balda” at the theatres “Rigiblick” and “La fourmi”.

Her first role in the UK was Idamante in Mozart's opera "Idomeneo" at Teignmouth music festival with Red Earth Opera. She also performed the role of Third Lady in Mozart’s opera "The Magic Flute" with Somerset Opera. In October 2016 she sang the role of Lola in P. Mascagni’s opera “Cavalleria rusticana” together with Red Earth Opera. Iryna sang solos in Mozart's Coronation Mass K317 and Vespers K339, as well as alto solo in G.F. Handel’s “Messiah” at Exeter Cathedral.

Future engagements include concerts with Stella Maris Trio (related to projects “Sacred and Profane”, C.W. Gluck’s opera “Orfeo ed Euridice”, “Queens in Baroque Opera”,  “Tragic and Comic Musical Moments” at Teignmouth music festival 2018), concerts with TrioVa Bene in Zurich and Lucerne, Switzerland and concerts with Budleigh Salterton Male Voice Choir (as a guest soloist).

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