Soprano






Victoria Armillotta is an English-Italian Soprano who is currently undertaking her fourth-year undergraduate studies at the renowned Royal Northern College of Music under the tutelage of Nicholas Powell.

Since starting her studies at the RNCM, Victoria has performed in Vaughan William's The Pilgrim's Progress as "Malice" and as part of the chorus in Puccini's Suor Angelica and Massenet’s Cendrillon (RNCM). She sang in Ellen Kent’s International touring production of Aida as a chorus member. Furthermore, she performed the role of “Musetta” for Leeds Youth Opera's La Bohème in 2018. Recent engagements include the role of "Susanna" in Le Nozze di Figaro in Berlin Opera Academy's Opernfest and singing Die Schöpfung at the Royal Albert Hall as part of the BBC Proms Youth Choir alongside the BBC Philharmonic under the baton of Omer Meir Wellber in July. Upcoming concerts include singing “First Harlot” in Handel’s oratorio Solomon with the Michael Haydn Orchestra in Manchester in the Autumn.

During her gap years, Victoria has been very fortunate to be part of the Wales International Academy of Voice Saturday Academy in Cardiff run by former ENO principal Patricia O’Neill. She also performed in contemporary opera Tarka the Otter by Stephen McNeff as part of The Two Moors Festival. In August 2015, she took part in two prestigious summer schools: Abingdon Summer School for Solo Singers at Radley College and AIMS at Eastbourne College. Victoria undertook and performed “Mabel” in the Pirates of Penzance, the title role of “Patience”, and “First Spirit” in the Magic Flute with Somerset Opera.

Victoria also performs around the UK with Stella Maris Trio; she performed the role of “Euridice” in Orfeo’s Illusion, the trio’s own interpretation of Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice in July 2017 and together they have performed many concert programmes in distinguished venues such as Blenheim Palace and Exeter Cathedral.

  
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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 and Trio “Va Bene” in Zurich and Lucerne, Switzerland.

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