- Elizabeth Forbes
(b Lyons, March 23, 1868; d Paris, 1937). French bass. The son of Léon Gresse, he studied in Paris, making his début in 1896 at the Opéra-Comique as the Commendatore. During five years there he created Césaire in Massenet’s Sapho (1897) and the President in Erlanger’s Le Juif polonais (1900); he also sang Gaveston (La dame blanche), Nilakantha (Lakmé), Count des Grieux (Manon), Nourabad (Les pêcheurs de perles) and Colline. In 1901 he was engaged by the Opéra, where he remained for 25 years, singing 60 roles. These included Le Révérend, which he sang at the première of Massenet’s Bacchus (1909), Ramfis, Méphistophélès, Gesler (Guillaume Tell), Leporello, Sparafucile, Friar Laurence (Roméo et Juliette), Alphonse (La favorite), Varlaam, Osmin, King Mark, Fasolt, Hunding, Wotan, Hagen (Götterdämmerung and Reyer’s ...