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Jussi (Opera Biographies (Amadeus)) Hardcover – 1 Sep 1996
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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
From the Author
The book will be published in September 1996. It will have 456 pages, INcluding bibliography, index, a complete chronology of Jussi Bjorling's opera and cocert performances, and 148 illustrations.
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Anna-Lisa Bjorling's biography of her husband is a little dry at times (listing performance after performance followed by glowing review) but it evokes a bygone era when great tenors were in abundance. Bjorling, the man, comes across as kind, professional and yet flawed. The writers do not shy away from his alcoholism, and what is clear is that he was never drunk on stage, as was often rumoured, but only in private. Unfortunately, his binges often meant cancelled engagements. There are some fascinating chapters, particularly the failed recording of "Un Ballo in Maschera" under Solti - Bjorling walked out, but there is strong evidence he was treated very poorly. The missed opportunities to record complete operas, before his untimely death, brings tears to the eyes - Faust with De Los Angeles and Christoff; Il Tabarro with Leontyne Price; Romeo and Juliet; and a stereo remake of La Boheme with De Los Angeles and Beecham. Then, of course, Lohengrin and Otello were planned. Ahime!
If you love Bjorling's voice it will not disappoint. When I listen to him now he is all the more moving and thrilling.
It is also refreshingly unbiased. Jussi rarely gave a less than truly outstanding performance, but the good and bad critic's reports appear in the book as well as a good collection of photos.
For any Jussi fan, it's a must. I had a glorious couple of weeks reading chapter by chapter and, if a particular performance was being described for which I have a recording, listening to the recording soon afterwards. I'd recommend doing the same if you can!