Dorus-Gras [née Van Steenkiste], Julie(-Aimée-Josephe [Joséphine])
- Elizabeth Forbes
(b Valenciennes, Sept 7, 1805; d Paris, Feb 6, 1896). Belgian soprano. She studied at the Paris Conservatoire and made her début at the Théâtre de la Monnaie, Brussels, in 1825. She sang Elvire at the first Brussels performance of Auber’s La muette de Portici (1829) and also took part in the historic performance of that opera on 25 August 1830 that allegedly sparked off the Belgian revolution. In 1831 she was engaged at the Paris Opéra, and during the next 15 years created many roles there, including Alice in Robert le diable (1831), Eudoxie in La Juive (1835), Marguerite de Valois in Les Huguenots (1836), Teresa in Benvenuto Cellini (1838) and other roles by Auber and Halévy. In 1839 she appeared in London on the concert platform, and in 1847 she sang the title role of Lucia di Lammermoor...