Schneider, Hortense (Catherine-Jeanne [Caroline-Jeanne])
- Elizabeth Forbes
(b Bordeaux, April 30, 1833; d Paris, May 6, 1922). French soprano. She made her professional début in 1853 at Agen, as Inès in La favorite, and she first appeared in Paris at the Bouffes-Parisiens on 31 August 1855 in a double bill including Offenbach's Le violoneux. The following year she sang in Tromb-al-ca-zar and La rose de St-Flour by Offenbach, and Les pantins de Violette by Adam. She appeared at the Variétés for two seasons and then from 1858 to 1864 at the Palais-Royal, singing in countless ephemeral comedies, vaudevilles and melodramas. She had decided to leave the stage when Offenbach persuaded her to return to the Variétés for La belle Hélène (1864); her triumphant success as Helen was equalled by her Boulotte in Barbe-bleue (1866) and even surpassed in La Grande-Duchesse de Gérolstein (1867), which drew enormous crowds, including nearly every crowned head in Europe, throughout the Exhibition year. A visit to London was followed by ...