I’m going straight to hell for saying this…
…but don’t Jussi and Anna-Lisa Björling bear a slight resemblance to characters from a Botero painting in this video?
What a sweet little clip though. The two of them have such an endearing, unpretentious air to them. If they were alive today they could totally kick Alagna and Gheorghiu’s pompous asses. Except they would be too nice to do that, so they would just invite Alagna and Georghiu over for dill and new potatoes and cowberry jam, and then give them a subtle talking-to about how to and how not to behave at an opera house.
I used to be a hardcore Jussi Björling-fan when I was younger, but I’ve sort of forgotten about him since, and that’s a shame really, because he was an amazing tenor. His range was incredible, and he had such a fresh, soft sound that made him perfect for operatic tenor parts, a lot of which present a pure-of-heart, heroic character. I’ve yet to encounter a tenor who has a similar sound, but perhaps I haven’t looked closely enough. Does anyone have any suggestions?