Soprano





Victoria Armillotta is a half Italian soprano who was born and raised in the Florence area in Tuscany. After moving to the UK, at the age of fifteen she discovered a love for opera and classical music; four years later she was offered a place to study at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester where she began a four-year undergraduate voice degree in autumn 2016. During her two gap years she has gained much experience and has been very fortunate to be part of the Wales International Academy of Voice Saturday Academy in Cardiff, the Two Moors Festival, Abingdon and AIMS Summer Schools at Radley College and Eastbourne College. Victoria has taken part in several master classes with International artists such as Donald Maxwell, Gail Pearson, Leah-Marian Jones, Richard Jackson, Patricia O’Neill, Susan McCulloch, Carlos Aransay and many more. Roles to date include the title role in Gilbert and Sullivan’s “Patience”, “First spirit” in Mozart’s The Magic Flute, “White tip” in Stephen McNeff’s contemporary opera Tarka the Otter, “Spirit” in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, “Mabel” in Gilbert and Sullivan’s Pirates of Penzance.  Three of these roles were undertaken and performed with Somerset Opera in Taunton which has been a very supportive and nurturing environment for a young artist to start. She is thrilled to be part of Stella Maris Trio and to have the opportunity to perform exquisite repertoire of the operatic and art song traditions alongside two other fabulous musicians.




 


  
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Sam Baker is a pianist, organist, accompanist, saxophonist and oboist, and a budding young 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 tutoring at Wanganui Collegiate School. He currently teaches music full time at Taunton Preparatory School and is a part time tutor at the Hestercombe Centre for Young Musicians, promoted by the Guildhall School of Music and based in Taunton. Being part of Stella Maris is an excellent continuation of his passion for being repetiteur, which he started whilst studying at Oxford, accompanying 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 productions (La Boheme, Pirates of Penzance, The Yeoman of the Guard, The Merry Widow) through which he met Victoria and Iryna. He is a part time repetiteur for Bridgewater Choral Society.

 
 Mezzo-Soprano














Iryna Ilnytskamezzo 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 “Tragic and Comic Musical Moments”, “Sacred and Profane”, C.W. Gluck’s opera “Orfeo ed Euridice") concerts with with Budleigh Salterton Male Voice Choir (as a guest soloist) at Exeter Cathedral and "Bel Canto" concerts with Devon-based musicians.




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