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Mikaela Minga

(b El Faiyûm, Egypt, Nov 2, 1910; d Tirana, Albania, Dec 28, 1947). Albanian soprano. In 1921 her family moved to Korça. In 1927, she left for France to study singing, first in Montpellier, and then from 1932 to 1936 at the Conservatoire National de Musique et Déclamacion in Paris. She then attended further studies in Rome. When back in Albania, she toured in different concerts, establishing a new format of female performance. Her repertory combined opera pieces and traditional, folk melodies. The latter were arranged with Western harmonies and played with piano accompaniment. Together with other highly European-trained Albanian artists, she pioneered the creation of an Albanian art song genre and disseminated it among Albanian urban audiences. In 1945, she sang the roles of Mimi and Rosina in the Beograd Opera. She left numerous recordings of songs, which represented an important source for her success and public esteem. In ...