- Elizabeth Forbes
(b Durango, Jan 22, 1887; d Mexico City, April 4, 1968). Mexican contralto. She studied in Mexico City, then in Rome, where she made her début in 1909 as Gluck's Orpheus. The following year she sang Erda in Siegfried at La Scala, and in 1911 appeared at the Teatro Colón. In 1913 she toured the USA with the Western Metropolitan Company. Returning to La Scala in 1915, she created Etra in Pizzetti's Fedra, and sang La Cieca (Gioconda) and Konchakovna (Prince Igor). During 1916, the centenary year of Il barbiere di Siviglia, she sang Rosina (in the original key) at Pesaro, Rome and Parma. From 1924 to 1926 she sang Orpheus and Azucena (Il trovatore) under Toscanini at La Scala. Her rich, flexible voice was ideal for Cenerentola and other coloratura contralto roles. She made her final appearance in 1937 at Buenos Aires as Mistress Quickly (...