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  • Hardcover: 520 pages
  • Publisher: Amadeus Press (1 Sept. 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1574670107
  • ISBN-13: 978-1574670103
  • Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 3.9 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 41,900 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A biography of the Swedish tenor Jussi Bjorling, incorporating recollections by his widow, information from the family archives, and material from operatic archives. Interviews with former colleagues, associates and friends provide further insights into Bjorling's life and career. A chronology of his performances is also included.

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This first English-language biography of Swedish tenor Jussi Bjoerling incorporates recollections by widow Anna-Lisa Bjoerling, information from the family archives, and material from operatic archives the world over. Extensive interviews with former colleagues, associates, ad friends provide further insights into Bjoerling's life and career. A chronology of his career, compiled by Harald Henrysson, is also included.

"Jussi is the first sweeping, authentic, honest biogrphy of the complex man considered the finest tenor of the 20th century. This is deliciously detailed, serving up the tenor wrats-and-all, in a passionate, detailed account of his life, his art, and why the memory of the man and his glorious voice rings shiningly 36 years after his death."--Brian Richard Boylan, music critic and founder of the Lyric Opera of Chicago News


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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 5 Nov. 1997
Format: Hardcover
Making a case for Andrew Farkas' JUSSI being one of the most important opera biographies--and certainly one of the most anticipated--of the decade is a rather easy task. Here was a tenor who, as Luciano Pavarotti has remarked on a number of occasions, laid to rest once and for all the notion that only Italian-born tenors could impart the requisite emotional impact to the great verismo roles. Here was a tenor who not merely excelled in every repertoire in which he sang, but in many cases established vocal and interpretive standards that few, if any, of his successors have been able to match. And here was a tenor, sadly, whose entire adult life was spent in a losing struggle with alcoholism. As Farkas and Bjoerling's widow, soprano Anna-Lisa Bjoerling, recount that struggle, a truly admirable man emerges from the chapters. The Jussi Bjoerling whom Farkas has thoroughly documented (both the research and the prose are almost entirely Mr. Farkas's) bears no resemblance at all to the allegedly irresponsible, petulant and often boorish character found in the memoirs of Sir Rudolf Bing, the writings of Francis Robinson and others of the Bing regime. Instead, Bjoerling emerges as a thoroughly engaging, likable, always approachable man who struggled mightily against a disease that in his lifetime was much misunderstood.Read more ›
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 22 Nov. 1998
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That Jussi Bjorling was a man beset by demons from within, against which he frequently lost battles, is a revelation to those of us who only thought of him as the greatest tenor of the 20th century. Anna-Lisa does justice to his memory by openly discussing his problems. But of equal importance, she depicts a warm, friendly man whose life was his family and his singing. He was a loving and devoted husband and father, and, simultaneously, a consummate professional who took enormous pride in his craft. He achieved a level of success that will remain the standard for future generations of singers. The heights of adoration he engendered in his fans and colleagues, combined with the critical praise he enjoyed, will probably remain unequalled. His passing created a void that will NEVER be filled.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Joanna Darlington on 18 Aug. 2009
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I have never written a review before but this is honestly the best book I have ever read in my life. When it was finished I wanted to start it all over again. Jussi was a great artist, and too little has been written about his life and his works. This book at least is very complete. I am amazed how hard these singers worked compared with todays'. You should also check out Andrew Farkas' collaboration on the biog of Enrico Caruso. It is also compelling reading.
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