Pagliacci, Stockholm Opera, Canio, Jussi Bjorling


Canio in Leoncavallo's Pagliacci occupies a special position in Jussi Bjorling's repertoire. During the twenty years he sang 1te role (1936-55), he gave only twenty performances, always in Swedish and almost always at the Stockholm Opera (the exceptions: three early performances in Germany and Austria). The present article will follow his reviews, in chronological order; they show that his singing was found brilliant from the very beginning while his acting developed over the years, even if some reviewers always retained their reservations in that respect

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