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Judith Forst (Vancouver)

Judith Doris Forst (née Lumb) OC OBC (born November 7, 1943) is a Canadian mezzo-soprano.
Born in New Westminster, British Columbia, she
received a Bachelor of Music from the University

of British Columbia in 1964. She is the sister-in-
law of long time Vancouver radio personality

Brian (Frosty) Forst. In 1968 she won the
Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.
Forst made her debut at the Metropolitan Opera
on September 19, 1968, at the age of 24 in the
small role of the Page in Rigoletto. Other Met
roles include (in chronological order) Tebaldo in
Verdi’s Don Carlo, Stéphano in Gounod’s Roméo
et Juliette, Mercédès in Bizet’s Carmen, Teresa in
Bellini’s La sonnambula, Siebel in Gounod’s Faust,
Kate Pinkerton in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, Lola
in Mascagni’s Cavalleria rusticana, Bersi in
Umberto Giordano’s Andrea Chénier, Estrella in
Offenbach’s La Périchole, Preziosilla in La forza del destino, Hänsel in Hänsel und Gretel, Flora in La
traviata, Giulietta in Les contes d’Hoffman, Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni, Mère Marie in Poulenc’s
Dialogues of the Carmelites, Kabanicha in Janáček’s Káťa Kabanová, Adelaide in Arabella, The Witch
in Hänsel und Gretel, and Kostelnicka in Jenůfa.
In 1991, she was made an Officer of the Order of Canada. In 2001, she was awarded the Order of
British Columbia.


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