- Elizabeth Forbes
(b Bayonne, Sept 22, 1810; d Paris, April 1871). French baritone. After studying at the Paris Conservatoire, he went in 1830 to Italy, where he sang in Milan, Genoa, Verona, Trieste, Turin, Palermo and Rome. Engaged at S Carlo, he created roles in Donizetti’s L’ assedio di Calais (1836) and Roberto Devereux (1837) and in Mercadante’s Elena da Feltre (1838) and La vestale (1840). On returning to Paris he was engaged at the Opéra, where he sang in the first performances of Donizetti’s La favorite (1840) and Dom Sébastien (1843); Halévy’s La reine de Chypre (1841) and Charles VI (1843); and Adam’s Richard en Palestine (1843). His other roles included Don Giovanni, William Tell, Donizetti’s Torquato Tasso, Enrico Ashton and Belisarius, and many others in the Italian and French repertories. In ...