Soprano




Victoria Armillotta is a British-Italian soprano and a graduate of the Royal Northern College of Music where she gained a First-Class Honours Bachelor of Music degree. She will continue her musical training at the Royal Academy of Music on their competitive Postgraduate course in September 2021 under the tutelage of acclaimed soprano Nuccia Focile. Solo operatic highlights include playing Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro with the Berlin Opera Academy, Musetta in Puccini’s La Bohème with Leeds Youth Opera and Malice in the RNCM’s production of Vaughan William’s The Pilgrim’s Progress. With Stella Maris Trio, Victoria performed the role of Euridice in Orfeo’s Illusion, the trio’s own interpretation of Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice in July 2017. On the concert platform she has appeared on German television as an operatic soloist in Fête de la Musique Berlin and has performed as a chorister in Haydn’s Die Schöpfung at the Royal Albert Hall as part of the BBC Proms alongside the BBC Philharmonic under the baton of Omer Meir Wellber which was broadcasted on BBC Radio 3. A passionate chamber musician, Victoria regularly performs with her ensemble Stella Maris Trio around the UK and also with the newly formed International Baroque Consort. Her repertoire spans from early music to the 21st century and she has also premiered several contemporary compositions.

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Sam Baker is a pianist, organist, accompanist, saxophonist and oboist, and  composer. He read Music at Oxford University, where he was the Organ Scholar  of Pembroke College. He has regular performing, directing, and accompanying  engagements in Berlin and in the surrounding district. He has accompanied for  recitals across Europe and as far away as India and New Zealand, where he spent  his gap year tutoring at Wanganui Collegiate School. He currently teaches music  full time at Taunton Preparatory School and has been a repetiteur for Bridgwater  Choral Society and a part time tutor at the Centre for Young Musicians, Taunton  (promoted by the Guildhall School of Music). As a repetiteur and music director,  he has enjoyed working on numerous productions with Somerset Opera,  including La Boheme, Pirates of Penzance, The Yeoman of the Guard, The Merry  Widow, and Ruddigore.  He is a Music Director for the Bristol‐based opera  company Opera­in­a­box, the most recent productions having been La Traviata,  La Boheme and The Magic Flute. He is a founding member and pianist for the  Exeter‐based Stella Maris Trio, performing operatic trios across Devon,  Somerset, Oxfordshire, and several Oxford colleges. He plays the organ regularly  at Ilminster and in the villages of Kingston St Mary and West Monkton, near  Taunton.

 
 Mezzo-Soprano















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 roles in the UK were the ones of Idamante, 3rd Lady, 3rd Spirit, Lola and Orfeo. 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.
  Together with Stella Maris Trio Iryna performed in several projects in Devon and Oxfordshire, including Gluck’s Opera “Orfeo ed Euridice” (the role of Orfeo), “Trouser roles in Opera”, “Tragic & Comic Musical Moments”, “Sacred & Profane”, “Queens in Baroque Opera” etc.
    Future engagements include collaboration with Opera in a Box, Duo 'Elegance' and Trio “Va Bene” in Zurich and Lucerne, Switzerland.

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