The Heart of Jussi Björling
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Jussi Björling was the most celebrated tenor of his time. Even now, fifty years after his death and a century after his birth, he is still regarded as one of the greatest voices of all time. Björling lived an extraordinary life in early twentieth century Sweden, beginning as a child prodigy. As a member of his father´s renowned Björling quartet, he made his public debut at the age of four, and by the age of ten he was an experienced stage personality. As a concert and operatic vocal artist, he maintained a huge international following for three decades, only to die suddenly at the age of only forty-nine, at the peak of his career. Yrsa Stenius´story of Jussi Björling, his vast artistic generosity and its horrendous price, is also a psychological study of what it means to grow up as a prodigy. This book was first published in Swedish 2002, and is now being republished in honor of the centenary of Jussi Björling´s birth in 2011, in a partially revised and extended edition, with a new final chapter in which Yrsa Stenius discesses recent facts that have come to light concerning the circumstances of Björling´s death, whcih have attracted a great dela of interest.
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