opera singer, apogee, Jussi Bjorling


If one surveys Jussi Bjorling's first seasons as an opera singer, one very soon notices that the breadth of his repertoire and the number of his performances are indicative of an almost unbelievable level of diligence and ability to learn roles during these years. He reached the apogee in this respect during two seasons- 1934-1935 and 1935-1936. It is the first of these that I intend to discuss in detail here. To judge from surviving reviews, he also at this time was performing at a very high level both vocally and interpretively.

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