Cruvelli [Crüwell], (Jeanne) Sophie (Charlotte)
- Elizabeth Forbes
(b Bielefeld, March 12, 1826; d Nice or Monaco, Nov 6, 1907). German soprano. A pupil of Francesco Lamperti, she made her début at La Fenice, Venice, in 1847 as Odabella (Attila). She repeated the same role in Udine, followed by Lucrezia (I due Foscari). Verdi’s early operas suited her voice, which was large and powerful if not always under perfect control, and in 1848 she sang Elvira (Ernani) and Abigaille (Nabucco, given as Nino) at Her Majesty’s Theatre in London, as well as Leonore (Fidelio) and Countess Almaviva. She appeared in Milan in 1849–50, singing roles including Odabella, Elvira, Abigaille, Rosina and Norma. She made her Paris début in 1851 as Elvira, and at the Théâtre Italien she also sang in Norma, La sonnambula, Fidelio and Semiramide. In 1854 she transferred to the Opéra (her performance is reported in ...