- Elizabeth Forbes
(b 1814; d Margate, April 11, 1868). English soprano. A pupil of Sir George Smart, she made a successful début at Covent Garden in 1830 in Linley's The Duenna. Engaged at the English Opera House, she appeared in the first performance of Barnett's The Mountain Sylph (1834). At Drury Lane she sang in the first performances of many other English operas, including Barnett's Fair Rosamond, Balfe's Catherine Grey and Joan of Arc (1837), Benedict's The Gypsy's Warning and Balfe's Diadaste (1838), Hatton's Queen of the Thames (1843), Benedict's Brides of Venice (1844), Balfe's The Enchantress and Wallace's Maritana (1845) and Balfe's The Bondsman (1846). She also sang in the English première of Donizetti's La favorite (Drury Lane, 1843). In 1848 she took part in Bunn's autumn season of opera in English at Covent Garden, singing Adina in Donizetti's ...