onsdag, februari 02, 2011

Jussi Björling Centennial celebration

Today we (should) celebrate the centennial of one of the greatest lyrical-dramatical tenors of all time, some would even say The Greatest - me for example!

Jussi Björling was born the 5th of February in Borlänge, a small town (almost) in the middle of Sweden but in the Church registers one find the date 2nd of February and Jussi himself always celebrated the latter date as his birthday, and therefore we do the same.
Through the link in his name you are directed to 'The Scandinavian Jussi Björling Society' and there you can find more information on him.

Below some pictures of this great tenor and ever further below some youtube-cuts with Jussi singing solo or duets.

(Photo taken from: http://www.jussibjorlingsallskapet.com/contents/bildgalleri/1.htm)
Studio portrait from the 1930's

(Photo taken from: http://www.jussibjorlingsallskapet.com/contents/bildgalleri/4.htm)
As Faust at the Metropolitan Opera 1939

(Photo taken from: http://www.jussibjorlingsallskapet.com/contents/bildgalleri/7.htm)
Jussi as the Duke of Mantua, making his debut with the La Scala opera company,
at Palazzo dello Sport in Milano, August 1946

(Photo taken from: http://www.jussibjorlingsallskapet.com/contents/bildgalleri/9.htm)
Metropolitan general manager Edward Jonhson, world-famous coloratura soprano Amelita Galli-Curci at Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles 1948
after a performance of " Trovatore" where Jussi sang Manrico.

(Photo taken from: http://www.jussibjorlingsallskapet.com/contents/bildgalleri/11.htm)
Robert Merrill and Jussi in a publicity photo promoting their duet-recordings of 1950 and 1951.

(Photo taken from: http://www.jussibjorlingsallskapet.com/contents/bildgalleri/10.htm)
Jussi, in costume as Canio in "Pagliacci", and Dorothy Caruso
in the TV program "We, the people", New York February 16th, 1951.

(Photo taken from: http://www.jussibjorlingsallskapet.com/contents/bildgalleri/12.htm)
Jussi and son Lasse fishing at Siarö in Stockholm archipelago, 1951.

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