Manager: William G. Guerri
Management Territory: Worldwide
[Clifton Forbis's] Tristan is so obviously right, from its baritonal foundations to the tirelessly ringing top, that we know we're in for a great third act in which the tenor doesn't die before his character's supposed to...Forbis has his finest moments in going further than any Tristan I've wintessed other than the incomparable Jon Vickers in expressing fathomless despair. The Arts Desk - David Nice
Clifton Forbis, a globe-trotting Tristan, flashes electrifying muscular power but still floats captivating sotto voce effects. His third act agony is a triumph of rage and frustration. Financial Times - Francis Carlin
Clifton Forbis is engaged to sing the most demanding tenor repertoire around the world, including the title roles of Samson et Dalila, Otello and Tristan und Isolde. He is a leading artist with the Metropolitan Opera, Opéra National de Paris, Canadian Opera Company, and Teatro alla Scala. Of his performance for a new production as Tristan, Opera News said, “Clifton Forbis[‘s]…attention to detail was admirable, and he risked a rare degree of intense soft singing in Act II before rising with mighty force to the agonies of Act III. . . . The few voices raised against him at the final curtain were unjustified: this was as thrilling a piece of tenor singing as you are likely to hear in the role today.”
In the current season, Mr. Forbis performs in the title role of Tristan und Isolde at the Kennedy Center with the Washington National Opera., and makes his return to Nashville Opera as the title role in Verdi’s Otello. Last season, Mr. Forbis was heard as Florestan in Fidelio with Seattle Opera. He returned to Seattle for performances of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Seattle Symphony, before he made his company debut with Teatro Petruzelli in Bari, Italy as Otello. He was heard as Samson with San Diego Opera, and sang Siegmund in performances of Act I of Die Walküre with the Dallas Symphony and Music Director Jap Van Zweden.