- Elizabeth Forbes
(b Milan, May 22, 1811; d Berlin, Nov 29, 1869). Italian soprano, sister of Giuditta Grisi. She studied in Milan with Marliani and with Giacomelli in Bologna, where she made her début in the 1828–9 season in Rossini’s Zelmira (Emma) and also sang in his Torvaldo e Dorliska and Il barbiere di Siviglia, and in Cordella’s Lo sposo di provincia. After singing at the Pergola, Florence, she made her début at La Scala in the first performance of Strepponi’s Ullà di Bassora, also creating Adalgisa in Norma (1831) and Adelia in Donizetti’s Ugo, conte di Parigi (1832). She then broke her contract and left Italy, never to sing there professionally again. Grisi made her Paris début at the Théâtre Italien in the title role of Semiramide (1832) and in the next two years sang Desdemona (Rossini’s Otello), Giulietta (I Capuleti e i Montecchi...