Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Jussi Björling, Jordal Amfi


On 2 June 1955, at the Jordal Amfi arena in Oslo, Jussi Björling gave one of the more remarkable concerts of his career. It was remarkable for its size and for the fact that he sang for the only time with the German-born soprano Elisabeth Schwarzkopf under the baton of the American Dean Dixon, then principal conductor of the Gothenburg Symphony. Here Dixon conducted the Oslo Philharmonic in an event for the benefit of that orchestra’s pension fund. In the program, it was claimed to be “the biggest concert ever arranged in the Nordic countries,” and the public was estimated at 6–7,000 by the newspapers—but we should remember that Jussi’s open-air Skansen and Gröna Lund concerts, though with piano, often had a public of 10–15,000.

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