- 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....