- Elizabeth Forbes
(b Ljubljana, Dec 3, 1946). Slovenian mezzo-soprano. She studied at Graz and in Vienna, joining the Staatsoper in 1979 and then singing at Berlin, Hamburg, Frankfurt and Madrid. In 1986 she created Rosa Sacchi in Die schwarze Maske at Salzburg, where she has subsequently sung the Nurse (Die Frau ohne Schatten), Octavia (L'incoronazione di Poppea), Mistress Quickly, Marina (Boris Godunov), Clytemnestra and Countess Geschwitz (Lulu). Her repertory also includes Dorabella, Carmen, Ulrica (Un ballo in maschera), Azucena, Amneris, Brangäne, Marfa (Khovanshchina), the Composer, Octavian and Delilah. In 1990 Lipovšek made her Covent Garden début as Clytemnestra and her Metropolitan début as Fricka, a role she has also sung in Munich, Barcelona, Chicago and at La Scala. In 1994 she sang Judith (Bluebeard's Castle) in Florence and in 1995 her first Kundry in Munich. Her operatic recordings include Marfa, Brangäne, Waltraute, Marina, Mistress Quickly and the Sphinx in Enescu's ...