Concepts create idols; only wonder grasps anything. - St Gregory of Nyssa

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Tenor Jussi Bjoerling

This singer has always been one of my favorites, since the first time I heard a recording of him 'way back in the early 1980's,

He never sang badly. He never had an 'off' day.

One story I remember hearing about him: the great tenor was asked about warming up before going on stage, what did he do, how long did he warm up, etc. The great tenor said --I test the voice, perhaps sing a scale, not more. If the voice is there, it's there; if not, there's not anything anyone can do about it.

From all accounts, the voice of Jussi Bjoerling was always "there".


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