- Elizabeth Forbes
(b Mainz, March 19, 1835; d Berlin, Aug 11, 1900). German baritone. He studied in Karlsruhe and made his début at Hanover in 1856 as Heinrich in Lohengrin. In 1859 he sang Don Carlos in Verdi's Ernani at the Berlin Hofoper and was immediately engaged there, remaining until his retirement in 1897. He sang Valentin in the first Berlin performance of Gounod's Faust (given as Margarethe) in 1863. At the Munich Hofoper he sang Telramund in Lohengrin (1863) and Hans Sachs in the première of Die Meistersinger (1868), repeating the role in the first Berlin performance (1870). He was also Berlin's first Amonasro in Aida (1874) and King Mark in Tristan und Isolde (1876).
Having sung in Beethoven's Ninth Symphony at the ceremony for laying the foundation stone of the Festspielhaus (1872), Betz sang Wotan at Bayreuth in the first complete ...