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Jussi Björling’s Operatic Career (July 21, 1930 – April 1, 1960)

 

Jussi Björling’s career included performances of opera, operetta, oratorios, masses, and song concerts.  We can get a good idea of the whole career by surveying the chronologies collected by Harald Henrysson, as published in his Jussi Björling Phonography (1993), and as an appendix to the biography Jussi co-authored by Anna-Lisa Björling and Andrew Farkas (1996). 

To date, Harald Henrysson has documented a total of 932 performances of opera and operetta by Björling, as well as some 1086 concerts of various other types. (In addition there were 895 known concerts by Jussi as a child performing with his brothers and father in "the Björling Quartet"!)

The chronology given here is based on Henrysson’s data but presents it in a different way, in terms of each operatic role he assumed, arranged in chronological order of the debut date of each role.  We owe this arrangement to Enrique Gilardoni, South American correspondent for JBS-USA and a well known speaker for radio and lecture programs, especially in South America.

 
PAGE 1

Manon Lescaut
Bellman
Don Giovanni
Louise
Guillaume Tell
Saul og David
Engelbrek
I Cavalieri di Ekebù
Tannhäuser
Der Fliegende Holländer
La Notte di Zoraima
Il Barbiere di Sivilia
Salome
La Ilustre Fregona
T
ristan und Isolde
PAGE 2

Rigoletto
Das Herz
Mignon
L'Elisir d'Amore
Resa Till Amerika
La Traviata
Eugeny Onegin
Das Rheingold
Knyaz Igor
Kronbruden
PAGE 3

R oméo et Juliette
Djamileh
Martha
Tosca
Zauberflöte
Arabella
Fanal
Un Ballo in Maschera
PAGE 4

Faust
La Boheme
Il Tabarro
Sadko
La Fanciulla del West

 

PAGE 5

Die Entführung aus dem Serrail
Cavalleria Rusticana
Fidelio
Il Trovatore

Die Fledermaus
Aida

 

PAGE 6

I Pagliacci
La Damnation de Faust
Madama Butterfly
La Fille du Regiment
Rossini in Neapel
Mefistofele
Der Zigeunerbaron
L'Africaine
Manon Lescaut
Don Carlo

 

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