Jussi Björling

Real Name:
Johan Jonathan "Jussi" Björling
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Swedish opera and concert singer (tenor), born 5 February 1911 in Borlänge, died 9 September 1960 on Siarö in the Stockholm archipelago.

He was appointed court singer in 1944, was awarded Litteris et Artibus in 1945 and was elected a member 675 of the Royal Academy of Music in 1956.

The first time Björling appeared in an opera role was on July 21, 1930 at the Royal Theater in Stockholm in the role of the lantern lighter in Puccini's Manon Lescaut. His debut in a lead role took place a month later, in the role of Don Ottavio in Mozart's Don Juan. Björling was employed at the Opera in 1931 and remained there until 1938, an expansive period with about 40 new major roles, mainly in the French and Italian repertoire. Björling's breakthrough came when he performed at Tivoli in Copenhagen in 1931 and a unanimous body of critics praised his song. His international career took off only in 1935 in Europe and in 1937 in the United States. Björling broke through internationally in Vienna in 1936 as Rodolphe in Bohème, Manrico in Troubadour and Radamès in Aida. The Metropolitan Opera, La Scala in Milan, Covent Garden in London, the opera in Vienna, Chicago and San Francisco - everywhere he was successful. His parade roles were, for example, in Rigoletto, Tosca, Aida, Bohème and Faust. With the interruption of the war, the Metropolitan in New York from 1938 until his death was Björling's main scene. During the same period, Björling guest-starred 128 times at the Stockholm Opera.

He also sang in a bit more hit songs under the pseudonym Erik Odde.

Married to Anna-Lisa Björling from 1935, until his death in 1960
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LM-1128 Highlights From Verdi's Don Carlo — Jussi Björling Verdi*, Blanche Thebom, Jussi Bjoerling*, Robert Merrill, Italo Tajo Verdi*, Blanche Thebom, Jussi Bjoerling*, Robert Merrill, Italo Tajo - Highlights From Verdi's Don Carlo (Album) RCA Victor Red Seal, RCA Victor Red Seal LM-1128 Canada 1951 Sell This Version
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ALP 1833 Il Trovatore — Jussi Björling Jussi Björling, Verdi* Jussi Björling, Verdi* - Il Trovatore (Album, Comp) RCA Victor Red Seal ALP 1833 UK 1952 Sell This Version
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LM-1771 In Song — Jussi Björling Jussi Bjoerling* In Song RCA Victor Red Seal LM-1771 US 1953 Sell This Version
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BLP 1053, BLP. 1053 Operatic Duets — Jussi Björling Jussi Björling, Robert Merrill Jussi Björling, Robert Merrill - Operatic Duets RCA Victor Red Seal BLP 1053, BLP. 1053 UK 1954 Sell This Version
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LM-1801 Arias Sung And Acted — Jussi Björling Joseph Cotten, Jussi Björling, Deborah Kerr, Licia Albanese, Dennis King (4), Leonard Warren, Robert Merrill Joseph Cotten, Jussi Björling, Deborah Kerr, Licia Albanese, Dennis King (4), Leonard Warren, Robert Merrill - Arias Sung And Acted(LP, Album) RCA Victor Red Seal LM-1801 US 1954 Sell This Version
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L16515 Cavalleria Rusticana (Highlights) / I Pagliacci (Highlights) — Jussi Björling Mascagni* / Leoncavallo* : Bjoerling* · De Los Angeles* · Merrill* · Milanov* · Warren* · Robert Shaw · Renato Cellini Mascagni* / Leoncavallo* : Bjoerling* · De Los Angeles* · Merrill* · Milanov* · Warren* · Robert Shaw · Renato Cellini - Cavalleria Rusticana (Highlights) / I Pagliacci (Highlights)(LP, Mono) RCA Red Seal L16515 US 1955 Sell This Version
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LM 1827 B Verdi IL TROVATORE (Highlights) — Jussi Björling Verdi* - Zinka Milanov, Jussi Bjoerling*, Fedora Barbieri, Leonard Warren, The Robert Shaw Chorale, Robert Shaw, RCA Victor Orchestra*, Renato Cellini Verdi* - Zinka Milanov, Jussi Bjoerling*, Fedora Barbieri, Leonard Warren, The Robert Shaw Chorale, Robert Shaw, RCA Victor Orchestra*, Renato Cellini - Verdi IL TROVATORE (Highlights) (Album) RCA Victor Red Seal LM 1827 B Germany 1952 Sell This Version
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LM-2059 Manon Lescaut (Abridged) — Jussi Björling Puccini*, Licia Albanese, Jussi Björling, Robert Merrill Puccini*, Licia Albanese, Jussi Björling, Robert Merrill - Manon Lescaut (Abridged) (Album) RCA Victor Red Seal LM-2059 Canada 1956 Sell This Version
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GL-43194 Bjoerling Sings At Carnegie Hall — Jussi Björling Bjoerling* Bjoerling Sings At Carnegie Hall (Album) RCA GL-43194 Netherlands 1956 Sell This Version
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LM-6051, LM-6051-1, LM-6051-2 Rigoletto — Jussi Björling Verdi*, Peters*, Bjoerling*, Merrill*, Tozzi*, Rome Opera House Orchestra* And Chorus* Conducted By Jonel Perlea Verdi*, Peters*, Bjoerling*, Merrill*, Tozzi*, Rome Opera House Orchestra* And Chorus* Conducted By Jonel Perlea - Rigoletto (Album) RCA Victor Red Seal, RCA Victor Red Seal, RCA Victor Red Seal LM-6051, LM-6051-1, LM-6051-2 US 1957 Sell This Version
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LM-6122, LM 6122 Aïda — Jussi Björling Verdi* / Bjoerling*, Warren*, Milanov*, Orchestra* And Chorus Of The Rome Opera House* Conducted By Perlea* Verdi* / Bjoerling*, Warren*, Milanov*, Orchestra* And Chorus Of The Rome Opera House* Conducted By Perlea* - Aïda (Album) RCA Victor Red Seal, RCA Victor Red Seal LM-6122, LM 6122 US 1957 Sell This Version
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30.065 Highlights From Verdi: Aïda — Jussi Björling Verdi*, Milanov*, Barbieri*, Bjoerling*, Warren*, Perlea*, Orchestra* And Chorus Of The Opera House, Rome* Verdi*, Milanov*, Barbieri*, Bjoerling*, Warren*, Perlea*, Orchestra* And Chorus Of The Opera House, Rome* - Highlights From Verdi: Aïda (Album) RCA Victor Red Seal, RCA Victor Red Seal, RCA Victor Red Seal 30.065 South Africa 1957 Sell This Version
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LM-6052 Tosca — Jussi Björling Puccini*, Milanov* ; Bjoerling* ; Warren* ; Leinsdorf* ; Rome Opera House Orchestra* And Chorus* Puccini*, Milanov* ; Bjoerling* ; Warren* ; Leinsdorf* ; Rome Opera House Orchestra* And Chorus* - Tosca (Album) RCA Victrola LM-6052 US 1957 Sell This Version
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VICS 6000B Tosca — Jussi Björling Puccini* - Milanov* ; Bjoerling* ; Warren* ; Leinsdorf* ; Rome Opera* Puccini* - Milanov* ; Bjoerling* ; Warren* ; Leinsdorf* ; Rome Opera* - Tosca (Album) RCA Victrola VICS 6000B UK 1958 Sell This Version
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LM 2243, LM-2243 Cavalleria Rusticana (Abridged) — Jussi Björling Mascagni*, J. Bjoerling*, R. Tebaldi*, R. Corsi*, L. Dani*, Orchestra Of The Maggio Musicale Orchestra Fiorentino*, Alberto Erede Mascagni*, J. Bjoerling*, R. Tebaldi*, R. Corsi*, L. Dani*, Orchestra Of The Maggio Musicale Orchestra Fiorentino*, Alberto Erede - Cavalleria Rusticana (Abridged) (Album) RCA Victor Red Seal, RCA Victor Red Seal LM 2243, LM-2243 Canada 1958 Sell This Version
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VICS 6000A Tosca — Jussi Björling Puccini* - Milanov* ; Bjoerling* ; Warren* ; Leinsdorf* ; Rome Opera* Puccini* - Milanov* ; Bjoerling* ; Warren* ; Leinsdorf* ; Rome Opera* - Tosca (Album) RCA Victrola VICS 6000A UK 1958 Sell This Version
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LM-6059 Cavalleria Rusticana (Selected By The Metropolitan Opera) — Jussi Björling Renata Tebaldi, Jussi Björling, Ettore Bastianini, Alberto Erede Renata Tebaldi, Jussi Björling, Ettore Bastianini, Alberto Erede - Cavalleria Rusticana (Selected By The Metropolitan Opera) (Album, Comp) RCA Victor Red Seal LM-6059 US 1958 Sell This Version
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FALP 554 / 555 La Bohème — Jussi Björling Puccini*, Victoria De Los Angeles, Jussi Björling Puccini*, Victoria De Los Angeles, Jussi Björling - La Bohème (Album) La Voix De Son Maître FALP 554 / 555 France 1958 Sell This Version
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LM-9800-E Jussi Björling — Jussi Björling Jussi Björling Jussi Björling (Album) RCA LM-9800-E Germany 1959 Sell This Version
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3ACX-47190 Operatic Arias — Jussi Björling Jussi Björling Operatic Arias (Album, Comp) His Master's Voice, His Master's Voice 3ACX-47190 Chile 1959 Sell This Version
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LM-2269 (J2RP-7454), LM 2269 (J2RP-7455) In Opera — Jussi Björling Bjoerling* In Opera (Album) RCA, RCA Red Seal LM-2269 (J2RP-7454), LM 2269 (J2RP-7455) US 1959 Sell This Version
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LM-6149 1-3, LM/LSC-6149 Turandot - Opera In Three Acts — Jussi Björling Puccini*, Nilsson* · Tebaldi* · Bjoerling* · Tozzi*, Rome Opera House Orchestra* And Chorus*, Erich Leinsdorf Puccini*, Nilsson* · Tebaldi* · Bjoerling* · Tozzi*, Rome Opera House Orchestra* And Chorus*, Erich Leinsdorf - Turandot - Opera In Three Acts (Album) RCA Red Seal, RCA Red Seal LM-6149 1-3, LM/LSC-6149 Europe 1960 Sell This Version
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3604 C/L, SCL-3604 Madama Butterfly — Jussi Björling Puccini* / Victoria De Los Angeles, Jussi Bjoerling*, Miriam Pirazzini, Mario Sereni, Orchestra* & Chorus Of The Opera House, Rome*, Gabriele Santini (2) Puccini* / Victoria De Los Angeles, Jussi Bjoerling*, Miriam Pirazzini, Mario Sereni, Orchestra* & Chorus Of The Opera House, Rome*, Gabriele Santini (2) - Madama Butterfly (Album) His Master's Voice, His Master's Voice 3604 C/L, SCL-3604 US 1959 Sell This Version
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ASD. 609 Highlights From Madama Butterfly — Jussi Björling Victoria De Los Angeles, Jussi Björling - Puccini* Victoria De Los Angeles, Jussi Björling - Puccini* - Highlights From Madama Butterfly(LP) His Master's Voice ASD. 609 UK 1960 Sell This Version
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LSC-2539 Turandot — Jussi Björling Puccini* - Nilsson*, Tebaldi*, Bjoerling*, Tozzi*, Rome Opera House Orchestra* And Chorus*, Erich Leinsdorf Puccini* - Nilsson*, Tebaldi*, Bjoerling*, Tozzi*, Rome Opera House Orchestra* And Chorus*, Erich Leinsdorf - Turandot (Album) RCA Victor Red Seal LSC-2539 US 1961 Sell This Version