Born: 3rd of February 1897
Died: 27 of March of 1949
If Valente was a bit of a mystery, what does one make of Costa Milona?
Born Constantine Milonas, in Greece on the 3rd of February 1897.
As far as can be traced, he had absolutely no stage career at all. No Opera House ever heard him.
He made a few broadcasts from Polland in the 1930s. But the first actual public engagement traced, was of a concert in Strasburg in 1944.
After the war, ill and reduced to poverty, he left Berlin where he had been teaching in 1949. Disappeared, and has never been heard of since.
He remained a mystery to the last. So why are we bothering with him, well he was a popular recording artist and he recorded for several companies, making both pre-electric and electric records.
Why someone with no public career, should have been asked to record, is a mystery. Just like Valente.
But, record, he did. And the records sold well. So, we’ll have a little something from Puccini’s, Madam butterfly.