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Jussi Björling

Jussi Björling


Born in Sweden on 5th February 1911, Björling made his professional debut in Stockholm in 1930 (in a small role in Puccini’s Manon Lescaut and spent his early career singing lyric and bel canto roles before moving into the heavier repertoire which would lead him to be dubbed ‘the Swedish Caruso’: signature-roles included Radamès in Aida, the title-role in Gounod’s Faust, Manrico in Il trovatore, and Cavaradossi in Tosca, all of which he also recorded to great acclaim. In 1960 he won a Grammy Award for his LP Björling in Opera on RCA.

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