JUSSI BJÖRLING Signature of tenor Jussi Björling in blue ink, with a b/w magazine photo of him in costume in Il Trovatore Signature: “Jussi Björling” in blue ink. 4×3¾. With 2¼x3¼ b/w magazine photo affixed. Tenor Björling (1911-1960, born John Jonaton Björling in Stora Tuna, Sweden) made his operatic debut with the Royal Theater in Stockholm in 1930 and sang with European companies, including the Vienna State Opera and the Dresden State Opera, before making his U.S. debut in concert at Carnegie Hall in 1937. The following year, he made his debut with New York’s Metropolitan Opera. From 1945 to 1960, Björling, who specialized in French and Italian opera, sang nearly every role. On March 15, 1960, he suffered a heart attack before a performance at London’s Covent Garden. He went on stage that night, but died six months later in Sweden. Lightly toned and creased. Paper loss touches signature, which is still legible. Adhesive residue on photo. Irregular edges. Random ink marks. Missing bottom left corner. Otherwise in fine condition. – Please contact us if you have any questions or require additional information. DOCUMENT 101225
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