Konstantinos Liontas

(1903-1984?)

Konstantinos Liondas was born in Kozani 1903 and died in Vienna 1984 or 1985. He studied in Thessaloniki and then in Vienna where he made his debut in "Rigoletto" with Giuseppe de Luca as the jester. (true? who knows?). After Vienna he was engaged at the Budapest Opera . He remained in Budapest from 1946 to 1950 (the years of the Civil War in Greece). Because of the tenor shortage as a consequence of the World War II he was assigned many roles and I've been told that he sang them very well. He sang all his roles in Italian and when he encored "La donna Ŕ mobile" in Hungarian, he brought the house down.
He stopped singing in 1954 and started teaching singing at the State Conservatory of Thessaloniki. Between his students are the soprano Aleka Drakopoulou and tenor Michael Theodore. His best roles were The Duke (Rigoletto), Radames (Aida) and Calaf (Turandot). Two friends of mine, heard him at the National Lyric Scene in Athens as Canio in Pagliacci between 1948-1950.
There are no commercial recordings of his voice except the below mentioned, recorded well past his best:
1) Nessun dorma (Turandot)
2) A te o cara (Puritani)
3) E lucevan le stelle (Tosca)
4) Vesti la giubba (Pagliacci)

Konstantinos Liontas sings Turandot: Nessun dorma
In RA Format

Konstantinos Liontas sings I Puritani: A te o cara
In RA Format
I wish to thank Stathis Arfanis and Alkis Magdalinos for the recordings.
I wish to thank Nicholas Peppas and Juan Dzazˇpulos for the biographical notes.

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