Newsletter of the Jussi Björling Societies of the USA & UK


Complete Opera, recording, survey


How many of you who submitted your list of favorite opera recordings with Jussi Björling have heard his recording of Verdi’s La traviata? The recording is from August 29, 1939 (Stockholm). Here’s an interesting note. This is the only opera which received no votes, yet today it is the most performed opera in the world. Yes, that’s a comparison of no particular consequence for a variety of reasons. (1) It wasn’t common repertoire for Jussi Björling; (2) the recording is not easily available in the United States, and (3) it was not the most popular opera during Björling’s lifetime. There are other reasons, but this is sufficient.

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