- Elizabeth Forbes
(b Zara [now Zadar], Dalmatia, June 1858; d Milan, April 22, 1918). Italian baritone . He made his début in 1878 at Cremona as Dandini in La Cenerentola, and for 15 years appeared throughout Italy, specializing in the comic operas of Rossini and Donizetti. Having made his first appearance at La Scala in January 1893, as Rigoletto, he created the role of Ford in Verdi's Falstaff on 9 February. That year he also sang Ford at Genoa, Rome, Venice and Brescia, and on 19 May 1894 he repeated the part at Covent Garden, where he had made his début five days before as Puccini's Lescaut. He sang Schaunard in the first performance of Puccini's La bohème at Turin (1896), appeared in Franchetti's Signor di Pourceaugnac at Genoa and Rome (1898), and made his début at the Metropolitan, New York, in 1899 as Masetto. At La Scala he took part in the first performances of Giordano's ...