birthday, JBS, Licia Albanese
One of the world's favorite sopranos, Licia Albanese, was partner to Jussi Bjorling's commercial recording of Puccini's Manon Lescaut (1954). Each of Jussi's Met broadcasts was legendary. But few if any performances wear legendary like the 1956 broadcast of the same opera with the same Manon and Des Grieux, conducted by Dimitri Mitropoulos. Father Owen Lee refers to it as "the most thrilling of all Met broadcasts."
"Jussi's ''Manon," Licia Albanese turns 100,"
Newsletter of the Jussi Björling Societies of the USA & UK: Vol. 24
, Article 5.
Available at: https://scholarsarchive.byu.edu/jussibjorlingsocietynl/vol24/iss1/5