H. A. Bronsted


Royal Theatre, Jussi Bjorling, opera


There were all too few occasions on which we at the Royal Theatre enjoyed the good fortune of being able to persuade Jussi Bjorling to sing on our stage. In return, though, these guest appearances become memorable events in our theatre's little history. During the Royal Swedish Opera's guest performances in Copenhagen in 1933 he sang the roles of Vladimir in Prince. Igor and Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni. ln 1942 he brightened the dark period of occupation as the Duke in Rigoletto and Rodolfo in La boheme, And he was with us in our joy at the liberation when, in September 1945, he sang Gustav Ill in Un ballo in maschera. Many remember these performances, and all his stage colleagues recall a wonderful and inspiring collaboration, as well as a pleasant spirit of comradeship.

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