(Englolfopoulos) Costantino Ego

Soloist, Baritone
Born in 1918 in Lamia or in Athens. He studied voice (singing) at the National Conservatory under Miltiades Vythino and Maggie Karadja, receiving his diploma in 1948. Initially he interpreted the works of Bach, Handel, Beethoven (1947-1949) in concert. He took part in a tour of Cyprus and Africa (Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanganyika, Mozambique, Zimbabwe). In 1952 he was engaged by La Scala and interpreted Beethoven Symphony No 9 under Victor de Sabata in European opera houses. At La Scala he sang in the operas The Love Of Danae [Die Liebe der Danae] (1952), Boris Godunov (1953), David by Darius Milhaud (1955), The Troubadour, Tristan and Isolde [Tristan und Isolde] under Herbert von Karajan (1959). He also sang in the Vienna Opera Rigoletto , ( 1958). He sang with Maria Callas in the opera The Pirate [Il pirata] by Bellini under Nicola Rescigno (USA, 1959). He has sung on Italian radio and television. Interpretations of saved "live" recordings: Iphigenia in Tauris [Iphigénie en Tauride] (1957), The Pirate (1959, EMI), Idomeneo, King of Crete (Athens Festival, 1955, Wallhall), and Tristan and Isolde under Karajan . He collaborated with the Greek National Opera from 1949 to 1959, interperting roles in the operas Perouge (from 1949 to 1950, premiere performance), A Masked Ball [Un ballo di maschera] (1949-50), Lucia di Lammermoor (1949 -50), The Troubadour [Il trovatore] (1958-59), Tosca (1962-63). He sang in performances of the Greek National Opera in the Athens Festival in opera Idomeneo, King of Crete [Idomeneo, re di Creta] under Nicolae Herlea and Oedipus Rex (1955), as well as in Fidelio under Jascha Horenstein (1958 ).