Several years teaching voice lessons.
She holds both a Master’s and Bachelor’s Degree from Manhattan School of Music, as well as studies at the Chautauqua Institution Music Festival.
Ilana G., soprano, is a native of the village of Ravinia, in Highland Park, Illinois. Based in New York City, Ilana skillfully maneuvers through Operatic, Contemporary, Musical Theater, Choral, as well as Cantorial repertoires.
This year began with Ilana’s Carnegie Hall solo debut, singing Maria in the 30thAnniversary performance of Distant Worlds: music from Final Fantasy. While performing at The Castleton Festival, under the baton of Maestro Lorin Maazel, Ilana sang Une Pastourelle (L’enfant et les sortilèges) and covered Nella (Gianni Schicchi). As an Apprentice Artist at the Ash Lawn Opera Festival, Ilana sang Ethel Toffelmier (The Music Man) and covered First Lady (Die Zauberflöte). New York performances include Adina (L’elisir d’amore), Der Taumann/Gretel (cover) (Hansel und Gretel), and Alcina (Alcina).
Ilana, a US Presidential Scholar in the Arts, has had the honor of performing for many of our country’s highest dignitaries, both at the White House and at the John F. Kennedy Center. After being awarded by the National Foundation of Arts and Awards, Ilana was invited to be a featured singer in the HBO special Masterclass with Plácido Domingo. She was a finalist in Franco-American Vocal Academy’s Grand Concours de Chant and is a recipient of the Anna Sosenko Assist Trust, Jewish Vocational Services Fund and a Merit Scholarship (Manhattan School of Music).
Ilana relishes her ability to lead as a Cantorial soloist, as she did for years at Anshe Emet Synagogue in Chicago with acclaimed Hazzan Alberto Mizrahi. She has performed recitals in the Cantorial, Sephardic, and Yiddish repertoire across the country, including New York City, Chicago, New Jersey, and Boca Raton. She has also performed as the Soprano Choral Scholar with the Oratorio Society of New York, under the baton of Kent Tritle, performing Ancilla II (St Matthew’s Passion) at Carnegie Hall.
Other roles include Adina (L’elisir d’amore), Susanna (Nina, o sia la pazza per amore) US Premiere, Despina (Cosi Fan Tutte), Anna I (The Seven Deadly Sins), Bastienne (Bastienne und Bastien), Manon (Manon), Ilia (Idomeneo), Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro), Fox (The Cunning Little Vixen) and Rosina (Il Barbiere di Siviglia).
She loves to perform chamber music and has debuted both newly arranged classics and contemporary operatic and classical repertoires. She holds both a Master’s and Bachelor’s Degree from Manhattan School of Music, as well as studies at the Chautauqua Institution Music Festival.