- Elizabeth Forbes
(b Houston, Oct 8, 1920; d Feb 26, 2005). American soprano . She studied at the Juilliard School, making her début in 1946 at Buffalo as Santuzza. In 1947 she created Susan B. Anthony in Virgil Thomson’s The Mother of Us All at Columbia University. Engaged at Zürich (1948–50), she sang Elisabeth (Tannhäuser) at La Scala (1950), returning for Marie (Wozzeck), La Gioconda, Chrysothemis, Danae and Walton’s Cressida. She sang the woman in the American première of Erwartung (Washington, dc, 1951). At Glyndebourne she sang Lady Macbeth (1952) and Ariadne (1953). She sang Irmengard in Spontini’s Agnes von Hohenstaufen at Florence (1954) and Renata in the first staged performance of Prokofiev’s The Fiery Angel at Venice (1955). A most dramatic singer of imposing stage presence, she had an opulent voice that she used with great expressiveness....