Clifton Forbis

Clifton Forbis

Vocalists — Tenor

[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 . . .

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