- Elizabeth Forbes
( b Rome, 1830; d Milan, April 27, 1874). Italian tenor . He started his career as a bass, but by 1853 was singing tenor roles at Genoa. In 1855 he made his Paris début at the Théâtre Italien as Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor, and in 1857 sang at Reggio nell'Emilia in the first performance of Achille Peri’s Vittor Pisani and in Donizetti’s Anna Bolena. He first appeared at La Scala in 1858 as Arnold in Guillaume Tell, and made his London début in 1859 as Elvino in La sonnambula at Drury Lane, where he also sang Arrigo in the first London performance of Verdi’s Les vêpres siciliennes (in Italian). In 1860 he sang Manrico (Il trovatore) at La Scala and Huon in Weber’s Oberon at Her Majesty’s Theatre. He returned to London every year from 1862 to 1873, appearing either at Her Majesty’s, where his many roles included Don Alvaro in the first London performance of ...