- Elizabeth Forbes
(b Durham, Aug 29, 1943; d London, July 15, 2009). English contralto . She studied in London at the RCM, making her début in 1970 as the Governess (The Queen of Spades) with Sadler’s Wells (later the ENO), for whom she sang Akhrosimova in War and Peace (1972) and Beroe in The Bassarids (1974), both British stage premières, as well as Ulrica, Erda, Podtochina (The Nose) and Mistress Quickly. She sang Mrs Page (Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor) at Wexford (1976) and made her Covent Garden début in 1977 as Anna (Les Troyens). For the WNO she sang Filip’yevna (Yevgeny Onegin) and Sosostris (The Midsummer Marriage); in 1986 she sang Florence Pike (Albert Herring) at Glyndebourne and in 1990 the Nurse (Ariane et Barbe-bleue) with Opera North. Her repertory included Mrs Herring, Auntie (...