- Elizabeth Forbes
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(b Rouen, Feb 8, 1869; d Le Cannet, nr Cannes, Oct 26, 1941). French soprano and actress. She married in 1891 in Rouen and separated a year later. Leblanc created the role of Françoise in Bruneau’s L’attaque du moulin at the Opéra-Comique in 1893, having had no formal training. Employed by the Théâtre de la Monnaie (1894–6), she sang Anita (La Navarraise), Thaïs (the first in Brussels), Léonore in Fidélio (in French) and a controversial Carmen. On returning to Paris in 1898 she replaced Emma Calvé as Fanny Legrand in Massenet’s Sapho, leading to a renewal of her contract with the Opéra-Comique and a performance as Carmen at the inauguration of the new Salle Favart. In Brussels in 1895, she had begun a 23-year relationship with Maurice Maeterlinck, who wanted her to create Mélisande in Debussy’s opera Pelléas et Mélisande, adapted from his text and to be premiered in ...