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Jussi Björling, the all time high tenor

The tenor Jussi Bjoerling (1911-1960) is for sure one of this centuries best opera singers. His musicality, voice and singing technique is perhaps, altogether, unbeated.

His repertoire was wide but he gained most appreciation as a lyric tenor, singing the classic italian opera. He truly is a belcanto singer.

His career started when he was a 4 years old. He was schooled in early ages by his father and the singing family toured USA in his early childhood. In the twenties in Stockholm he took opera lessons. The teachers early understood what a magnificent talent he was and they soon made an international superstar out of him. During his career he performed and recorded operas and songs in a large amount.

Like many other true geniuses, he burnt his candle in both ends and died by a heart disease in 1960.

Still is Jussi Bjoerling highly regarded among the worlds opera fan and the connoiseurs. Alan Blyth, a well known critic, wrote 1994 in his rewiev, after listening to half a dozen recent released cd:s, " It would be hard to deny, that this set {Roméo et Juliette} enshrines some of the most glorios tenor singing ever heard. Indeed, after listening to six sets devoted to the great Swede you might have difficulty denying that he is, taking everything into account, the greatest tenor of the century."

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