Soprano






Victoria Armillotta is an English-Italian Soprano who is currently undertaking her third-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 Massenet’s Cedrillon (RNCM) and in Ellen Kent’s International touring production of Aida as a chorus member. She partook in outreach work in RNCM Children’s Opera RATS! in 2016. Furthermore, she performed “Musetta” for Leeds Youth Opera's production of La Bohème.

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 roles such as “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” by Gluck in July 2017 and has participated in the trio’s tour to Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire culminating in the enchanting and historical Blenheim Palace. Past distinguished venues include Exeter Cathedral.

  
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Sam Baker is a pianist, organist, accompanist, saxophonist and oboist, and composer. He recently graduated from Oxford University, where he read music at Pembroke College and was the Organ Scholar. He has regular performing engagements as a repetiteur and organist 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 as a music tutor and organist at Wanganui Collegiate School. He currently teaches music full time at Taunton Preparatory School. He also undertakes a variety of freelance teaching and performing work, including being the Music Director for the “Opera-in-a-box” production of La Traviata in Bristol, a repetiteur for Bridgwater Choral Society, and an oboist and keyboard player for youth musical productions in Minehead. Since having relocated to Somerset, he has undertaken some part time teaching in music history composition at the Taunton Centre for Young Musicians, a division of the Guildhall School of Music. Being part of the Stella Maris Trio is an excellent continuation of his passion for accompanying singers, which took off for him whilst he was an undergraduate at Oxford, where he accompanied various college and university choirs and societies such as the Oxford Opera Society. He has been a repetiteur and Music Director for various productions with Somerset Opera Company (Ruddigore, La Boheme, Pirates of Penzance, The Yeoman of the Guard, The Merry Widow) through which he met Victoria and Iryna.

 
 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 in Mozart's opera "Idomeneo" at Teignmouth music festival with Red Earth Opera and Third Lady in Mozart’s opera "The Magic Flute" with Somerset 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.
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 “Staircase opera”, Duo “Elegance” and concerts with Trio “Va Bene” in Zurich and Lucerne, Switzerland.

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