Jussi’s performance chronology
JUSSI MADE MORE THAN THREE THOUSAND PERFORMANCES in concert, opera, radio and TV. As early as at the age of four he made his debut together with his brothers Olle and Gösta at Trefaldighetskyrkan (Trinity Church) in Örebro on 12 December 1915. His very last performance was at Skansen, Stockholm on 20 August 1960. On 9 September the same year he passed away at his beloved summer house on Siarö.
3127 performances by Jussi Björling are known and dated (April 2017). Of these he sang 991 times as a child together with his father (until 1926) and his brothers, 2136 times as an adult tenor.
These numbers include opera performances (Cavalleria rusticana and Pagliacci on the same evening are registered as two performances), concerts, solo performances, radio programs (even those without a studio audience), etc. Of the total number, 931 are complete operas.
Through extensive detective research Harald Henrysson and Roger Alderstrand have managed to compile a list of all these performances. For their laborious work they were in 2011 awarded the Prize of The Jussi Björling Society. The complete chronology was published on the web for the first time in April 2017 (see below).
By clicking the links below you will get various kinds of information about Jussi’s career.