When my Father Jussi was chosen as the 20th century’s leading male opera singer by English music critics at the turn of the century, we felt great joy and pride in the family.
I have spent a great deal of my life exploring the secrets of the Italian bel canto, conveyed by David and my Father, and I have reached the conclusion that there are no secrets; it is just the natural voice that has to be heard, free from settings and so-called tone formation. There is only one problem; it takes time. Manipulation of the voice in different ways to achieve quick results is doomed to fail.
The great baritone Giuseppe De Luca once got a question how it was possible to sing so successfully at his high age. He responded in a single word: Pazienza. Patience!! If I can contribute to pass the Björling singing tradition on to future generations of singers, I will be more than pleased.