Jussi Björling, Stockholm Opera
As readers of this journal may know Jussi Björling’s first role in opera was the tiny part of the Lamplighter in Manon Lescaut, a role which is only 18 bars long – but most of them solo – in that opera’s third act. That was on 21 July 1930, and the venue was of course the Stockholm Opera, or as it says on the poster “Kungl. Teatern” — an abbreviation for “Kungliga Teatern” — The Royal Theatre. If you can master rudimentary Swedish you can find it and much of the data that I will cite in this article on https://www.operan.se/en/ archives/. Jussi’s landlords, Mr. and Mrs. Svedelius, attended the performance, but he missed Jussi’s appearance as it lasted only about one minute.
"Jussi’s Three Debuts at the Stockholm Opera,"
Journal of the Jussi Björling Societies of the USA & UK: Vol. 28
, Article 3.
Available at: https://scholarsarchive.byu.edu/jussibjorlingsociety/vol28/iss28/3