- Elizabeth Forbes
(b Tagliuno, Bergamo, Nov 28, 1811; d Milan, April 29, 1873). Italian bass. He made his début in 1832 at Brescia and was then engaged at La Scala, where he created Guido in Donizetti’s Gemma di Vergy (1834), sang Talbot in Maria Stuarda (1835), created the title role of Verdi’s Oberto and sang in the first performance of Donizetti’s Gianni di Parigi (1839). In 1840 he sang Murena in L’esule in a performance given at Bergamo in honour of Donizetti, who was then further revising the opera. At the Teatro Apollo, Rome, he sang the title role of Marino Faliero (1840) and created Arnoldo in Donizetti’s Adelia (1841). In 1846 he created the title role of Attila at La Fenice. Engaged at Covent Garden, 1847–9, he sang Silva (Ernani), Marcel (Les Huguenots), Bertram (...