Johan Jonatan “Jussi” Björling was a Swedish tenor. One of the leading operatic singers of the 20th century, Björling appeared for many years at the Metropolitan Opera in New York and less frequently at the major European opera houses, including the Royal Opera House in London and La Scala in Milan.
About Jussi Bjorling
Twentieth-century Swedish opera singer. He performed numerous tenor roles at such world-famous venues as the Metropolitan Opera (New York), La Scala (Milan), and The Royal Opera House (London).
He made his operatic debut in a 1930 Royal Swedish Opera production of Puccini’s Manon Lescaut.
During the 1940s and 1950s, he sang in numerous Metropolitan Opera productions, including Aida, Rigoletto, and Madama Butterfly.
His father, David Bjorling, was also a gifted singer. Recognizing his son’s vocal talent, the elder Bjorling arranged for his four-year-old son to sing with the family’s all-male quartet.
In the last year of his life, he performed with fellow opera singer Leontyne Price in a recording of the Verdi Requiem.
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