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.”
This season, Mr. Forbis will perform Tristan in Tristan und Isolde at Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw in a radio broadcast of the Saturday Matinee Performance, with the Dutch Radio Orchestra under the baton of Jaap van Zweden. He performed Siegmund in Die Walkure with the Canadian Opera Company, and the title role of Otello last season at Korea National Opera. Highlights of recent seasons include Tristan und Isolde with Washington National Opera, Dallas Opera, and Opéra National de Lyon; the title role of Otello in a return to Nashville Opera and in Bari, Italy; Florestan in Fidelio with Seattle Opera; Samson in Samson et Dalila with San Diego Opera; Canio in Pagliacci with New Orleans Opera; and Otello with Opera Company of Philadelphia and Deutsche Oper Berlin. On the concert stage, Mr. Forbis recently sang the role of Siegmund in performances of Act I of Die Walküre with the Dallas Symphony and the Milwaukee Symphony; Otello with the BBC Philharmonic and Gianandrea Noseda; and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Seattle Symphony.