- Elizabeth Forbes
(b Moulins, 15 Jan 1830; d Paris, 9 Nov 1914). French baritone. He studied at the Paris Conservatoire, making his début in 1852 as Pygmalion (Massé’s Galathée) at the Opéra-Comique, where he also created Hoël in Meyerbeer’s Le pardon de Ploërmel (1859). He made his London début at Covent Garden in 1860 as Hoël, and during the next decade sang Alphonse (La favorite), Fernando (La gazza ladra), Nevers (Les Huguenots), Don Giovanni, William Tell, Méphistophélès in the first Covent Garden performance of Faust (1863), Belcore, Peter the Great (L’étoile du Nord), Count Rodolfo (La sonnambula) and Mozart’s Figaro. His début at the Paris Opéra was in 1861 as Julien (Poniatowski’s Pierre de Médicis); there he created Pedro in Massé’s La mule de Pedro (1863), Nélusko in L’Africaine (1865), Posa in ...