- Elizabeth Forbes
(b Würzburg, Nov 24, 1848; d Berlin, May 17, 1929). German soprano. Sister of Marie Lehmann. She studied with her mother, the singer Marie Loewe, in Prague, and made her début there in 1865 as the First Boy in Die Zauberflöte, later taking over the part of Pamina. In 1868 she was engaged at Danzig, and in 1869 she sang for the first time at the Berlin Hofoper, as Marguerite de Valois in Les Huguenots. The following year, after appearances in Leipzig, she was engaged permanently in Berlin. She took part in the first Ring cycle at Bayreuth (1876), delighting Wagner with her singing as Woglinde, Helmwige and the Woodbird. She also created Christine in Brüll’s Das goldene Kreuz (1875). She made her London début at Her Majesty’s Theatre in June 1880 as Violetta in La traviata, and also sang Philine in Thomas’ Mignon...