- Elizabeth Forbes
(b Holbaek, June 2, 1946; d Copenhagen, Feb 10, 2008). Danish soprano . After studying in Vienna and Stuttgart, she made her début in 1971 at Gelsenkirchen; engagements followed at Münster, Berne and Frankfurt. She sang a flowermaiden at Bayreuth (1979); her roles at this period included Zerlina, Blonde, Ilia, Norina, Nannetta and Aennchen. She sang Donna Clara in Zemlinsky’s Der Zwerg with the Hamburg Staatsoper at Edinburgh in 1983, later recording the role, and created Minette in Henze’s The English Cat at Schwetzingen, repeating the role in the French and American premières of the opera in Paris and Santa Fe (1985). Nielsen sang Amenaide (Tancredi) at Wexford (1986), Konstanze at Salzburg and for her Covent Garden début (1987), Fiordiligi at Strasbourg (1989) and Christine (Intermezzo) at Geneva (1991). Later, as her pure-toned, agile soprano grew in volume, she took on such roles as Agathe, Salome, the Marschallin, Ursula (...