Björn Talén, born November 8th, 1890, in Oslo (then Christiania); died July 12th, 1947. Was first an officer in the Norvegian army, but soon began studying voice, first in Norway, then in Italy. His debut took place in 1915 in Oslo; he spent his first years singing in Norway. In 1922, he became a member of the Berlin Staatsoper, 1928 of the Städtische Oper Berlin. He had a reputation for being difficult to work with. Returned to Norway in 1932.
Many thanks to Anton Bieber for the Traviata and Meistersinger recordings and label scans.
I wish to thank Robert Schlesinger for the Ballo recording and notes.
I wish to thank Daniele Godor for the broadside.