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    A recital to celebrate the launch of Friends of Bury Court Opera

    Nov 05, 2014

    More than 50 new 'Friends of Bury Court Opera' attended our inaugural event on Sunday 26th October - a wonderful recital by Soprano Ilona Domnich, accompanied by our Director of Music Simon Over.  Held in the private drawing room at Bury Court, Ilona sang extracts from her new CD and shared insights into the recording process.  It was a truly special evening and, we hope, the first of many such 'Friends' events.

    Ilona explained her inspiration for the CD, recorded with an orchestra of more than 60 members and alumni of Southbank Sinfonia:

    “Inspired by the Goddess Persephone I  explore three stages of womanhood. The first, the curious, impatient and pure; the second, passionate, tasting life, playing with fire, love and loss and the third, maturity, wisdom, choice, freedom and inner balance. The stages are illustrated by operatic Heroines and their voices and stories singing through me.

    I observe and ask my operatic heroines to tell the story, to live the questions, starting with the young girl who is hungry for experience, trusting and ready to open her heart. Gilda's aria from Rigoletto and Rosina from The Barber of Seville set the scene.

    Next the woman who has tasted life; who has loved and known disappointment and loss; who explores life and takes chances, playing with fire. Manon and Elle from La Voix Humain help to tell this story.

    Finally, the wise woman, courageous and responsible, ready to choose between dark and light or to blend the two. This strong free woman, reborn, is illustrated by the Contessa from Le Nozze di Figaro, Magda from La Rondine and finally Linda from Linda Di Chamounix.

    I am fascinated by the women's journeys and by the choices that they make in life: Their growth, their wisdom and the insight into their own souls. Many of them making bold choices and taking great risks. Some are less courageous, but all of them, like Persephone, reach into the ruins of their own underworld in order to find vitality, balance and freedom.

    This CD also represents a personal journey and the stage of life where I am now. The stage of discovering how to surrender to life, to myself, listen to the inner voice, how to live the questions of life. And most of all, of course, about love…”

    For more information about Ilona Domnich and Simon Over  visit the websites below:

    Watch this space for details of CD publication dates.