Jussi Björling


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(b Stora Tuna, Sweden, 1911; d Island of Siar Oe, 1960).

Swed. tenor, taught by father, a professional tenor. Early public appearances in male v. qt. with father and 2 brothers. Studied in Gothenburg and Stockholm, 1928, with Joseph Hislop. Official début Stockholm 1930 as Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni (had already sung Lamplighter in Manon Lescaut there a month earlier). Débuts Vienna 1936; Chicago 1937; CG 1939—did not sing again at CG until 1960; NY Met 1938–59 (excluding war years).

Subjects: Opera.

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