Throwback Thursday (#tbt) is a weekly opportunity to remember musical legends from the past who ignite our passion for opera. Every Thursday on the Operavore stream we feature a #tbt artist throughout the day. This week we throw it back to Swedish tenor Jussi Björling.
Born in 1911, Björling made his debut in 1930 in a small role in Manon Lescaut. Just weeks later, he played his first major role as Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni. Björling is known most for his captivating silvery tone and the flexibility of his upper register. He predominantly performed with the Metropolitan Opera in New York, but also made appearances at La Scala in Milan and the Royal Opera House in London. Tragically, Björling died of a heart attack at age 49.
Thursday Highlights on the Operavore Stream:
Pearl Fishers "Je crois entendre encore"
Rigoletto "La donna e mobile"
La Boheme "Che gelida manina"
Pagliacci "Recitar!...Vesti la giubba"