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Nicholas Tochka

(b Brockton, MA, USA, Nov 4, 1925). Albanian tenor and pedagogue. Born in the large Albanian immigrant colony in New England (USA), Athanasi returned as a child to his parents’ hometown of Korça, where he participated in its vibrant prewar choral, theatre, and sports scenes. During World War II, he performed with resistance groups singing patriotic and partisan songs and, in 1948, he was selected as a soloist in the newly formed National Army Ensemble by director Gaqo Avrazi. Athanasi was among a handful of young men in this ensemble to receive a scholarship to study in the Soviet Union, and following the completion of his degree in vocal performance at the Moscow State Conservatory in 1958, he was appointed soloist at Tirana’s Theatre of Opera and Ballet. He performed leading roles in premières of Albanian operas, and was active as a recitalist, performing a broad range of art music works from the Western European and Albanian repertories as well as arranged folk songs into the 1980s. In ...

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Nicholas Tochka

(b Korça, Albania, Jan 24, 1935). Albanian tenor and pedagogue. Identified early as a talented singer in his hometown of Korça, he attended the Arts Lyceum ‘Jordan Misja’ in Tirana where he received his first formal training, with the pedagogue Mihal Ciko. In 1957 he received a scholarship to study at the Moscow State Conservatory, where he remained until 1961. On his return to Tirana, Çako was named soloist to the Theater of Opera and Ballet, where he performed a number of leading roles in foreign and Albanian operas during the 1960s and 1970s. Chief among his roles in Albanian operatic works were Dhimitër in Lulja e Kujtimit (by P. Jakova, 1961), Doda in Mrika (by P. Jakova, 1966), and Muji in Vjosa (by T. Daija, 1980). In addition to art music, he interpreted light popular songs and arrangements of folk songs throughout his career. Named as a pedagogue to Tirana’s State Conservatory in ...

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Thor Eckert Jr.

revised by Beth McGinnis

(b Ojai, CA, Dec 27, 1939). American tenor. He studied at the Music Academy of the West, UCLA with martial Singher and from 1963 to 1972 at the Juilliard School with Jennie Tourel. He began his professional career as Francesco Cavalli’s Ormindo with the Opera Society of Washington (1969) and as Tonio in a concert performance of Gaetano Donizetti’s La fille du régiment with Beverly Sills at Carnegie Hall (1970, recorded on the Adagio Classics label). Shortly thereafter he made his New York City Opera debut in Benjamin Britten’s The Turn of the Screw and went on to sing with opera companies in the United States, Mexico, Brazil, France, Switzerland, and England. His repertoire of more than seventy roles includes Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Ferrando, Belmonte, and Tamino, Charles Gounod’s Faust and Roméo, Georges Bizet’s Don José, and Claude Debussy’s Pelléas. He has appeared regularly with major American orchestras, choral societies, and music festivals and has performed Franz Schubert’s song cycles with fortepiano. Known for his versatility and acute attention to style, he has sung in the premieres of works by Leonard Bernstein, Jack Beeson, Thomas Pasatieri, Alberto Ginastera (...

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Justin Vickers

(b Aberdeen, Scotland, Dec 11, 1946). Scottish tenor and pedagogue. Graduating in 1969 he studied the piano and the clarinet at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama; he won a scholarship to the RCM in voice, graduating Associate of the Royal College of Music (Hons) and a Postgraduate Diploma in 1972 and 1973, respectively. In 1973 a Gulbenkian Fellowship supported vocal study with Ernst Haeflinger in Munich, followed by vocal studies with renowned English tenor Sir Peter Pears from 1973 to 1986. He has enjoyed a longtime collaboration with Peter Maxwell Davies, creating roles in The Martyrdom of St Magnus (the title role, 1977), Solstice of Light (1979), The Lighthouse (1980), Into the Labyrinth (1983), Jacobite Rising (1997), and Sea Elegy (1998). He sang and recorded first performances from Benjamin Britten’s song canon (after Britten’s death), notably including the première performance of ‘Now sleeps the crimson petal’, which was excised from ...

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Irina Boga

(b Constanța, Romania, Oct 6, 1935). Romanian tenor . He began his studies at the Bucharest Conservatory with the renowned lyrical artist Constantin (Dinu) Bădescu, whose disciple he remained throughout his career. He made his début at the Romanian Opera as Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi (1966) and in a short time became renowned for his Italian and Mozartian repertory. He left Romania in 1972 due to conflicts with the communist government in Romania. His first European contract came that same year with the Regensburg Opera in Germany, for the role of Manrico, a success that led to an international career. He performed, between 1972 and 1989, on the major stages in Germany, France, Austria, Switzerland, England, and Portugal. He also performed in cities in North America, including Fort Worth, Chicago, San Francisco, New York, Pretoria, Pittsburgh, Denver, and Baltimore. He sang lead tenor roles in Il tabaro, Don Carlo, Rigoletto, Manon Lescaut, La traviata, Cavalleria rusticana, La bohème, Faust, Turandot...

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Zana Shuteriqi Prela

(b Elbasan, Albania, Sept 23, 1981). Albanian tenor . After earning the diploma in violin at 16 in Elbasan, he graduated in 2002 in singing from the Conservatory Claudio Monteverdi in Bolzano (Italy), where he studied with Vito Maria Brunetti. During his studies he met tenor Luciano Pavarotti, who helped him to perfect a number of roles in his repertory. He has been awarded a series of first prizes in lyric festivals, including the Caruso and Tito Schipa, both in 2002, which became determinant factors in the rise of his singing career. That same year he was invited by Claudio Abbado to sing the role of Ferrando in Così fan tutte in Ferrara, which he interpreted again two years later at the Salzburg Festival with Philippe Jordan conducting. In 2008 he was chosen by Woody Allen to sing in Los Angeles the role of Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi. He has performed at a number of notable opera houses, including the Vienna State Opera (...

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Mikaela Minga

(b Shkodra, April 4, 1926; d Tirana, May 24, 2004). Albanian tenor . He started singing at an early age. In the year 1945 he entered the Ansambli i Ushtrisë (‘Army Ensemble’) as a soloist. From 1952 to 1957 he was in Moscow to study singing at the P.I. Tchaikovsky Conservatory. Once back, he started work as a soloist at the National Opera Theater and at the Ansambli Shtetëror i Këngëve dhe Valleve Popullore (‘State Ensemble of Folk Songs and Dances’). He interpreted several main roles in the operas Cavalleria Rusticana, Madame Butterfly, and Rigoletto, and also in the Albanian operas Lulja e kujtimit (‘The Flower of Memory’) by Kristo Kono, Mrika by Prenk Jakova, Zgjimi (‘The Awakening’) by Tonin Harapi, and Borana, by Avni Mula. Tukiçi was renowned also for his performances of Albanian songs (këngë popullore), sung in a characteristic leggero tenor style. These pieces became very popular among Albanian audiences. He toured with the State Ensemble of Folk Songs and Dances and achieved several different state prizes during his career....

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Irina Boga

(b Brăila, Romania, Nov 1, 1960). Romanian tenor. After graduating from the George Enescu University of Arts in Iaşi, where he studied with Visarion Huţu, he débuted as Rodolfo in La Boheme at the Iaşi lyric theatre. He has received awards in national and international competitions (Iaşi, 1976; Sofia, 1978; Francisco Viñas, 1979; Ostende, 1980) and was granted a scholarship at the Academy Santa Cecilia, Rome, where he studied with Gino Becchi. He was a soloist at the Iaşi Opera (1976–82), then first soloist of the National Opera in Bucharest (1982–97). He has toured in Italy, Spain, France, Austria, Holland, Germany, Belgium, the United Kingdom, Hungary, Korea, and Japan. His repertory includes works by Verdi, Puccini, Donizetti, Mascagni, Bellini, Mozart, Delibes, Saint-Saëns, Bizet, Offenbach, Tchaikovsky, Richard Strauss, Enescu, Constantin Nottara, Marţian Negrea, Porumbescu, Anatol Vieru, Mihail Jora, Doru Popovici, Cornel Trăilescu, and Nicolae Bretan...