Newsletter of the Jussi Björling Societies of the USA & UK



Carl-Gunnar Ahlen, Faust, Opera House


One of the highpoints of the Congress's first day, at the Gold Foyer of the Opera House, occurred after Stefan Johansson's lecture - he turned over his microphone to Stockholm music-critic Carl-Gunnar Ahlen, who had a surprise recording whose existence was totally unknown: 8 minutes from the first act of Faust on January 4, 1936, Jussi singing with Joel Berglund. the sound was excellent and the singing was especially sublime when Mephisto shows Faust a vision of Marguerite, Jussi sings "o Merveille!" in a truly marvelous way.