Rainforth, Elizabeth , English soprano; b. Nov. 23?, 1814; d. Bristol, Sept. 22, 1877. She spent most of her life in London, where she studied with George and Tom Cooke. After making her stage debut at St. James’s Theatre as Mandane in Arne’s Artaxerxes (Oct. 27, 1836), she completed her training with Crivelli. She sang at Covent Garden until 1843, and then at the Drury Lane Theatre, where she created the role of Arline in Balfe’s The Bohemian Girl (Nov. 27, 1843). She also sang widely in concerts and oratorios. Following her retirement in 1856, she taught voice in Old Windsor until 1871.
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