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Clifton Forbis

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Clifton Forbis opens the current season in the title role of Otello for Dallas Opera, inaugurating the Winspear Opera House at the Dallas Center for the Performing Arts. He reprises Otello with Canadian Opera Company and sings performances of Siegmund in . . . Die Walküre for Deutsche Oper Berlin. He sings the title role in Tristan und Isolde with Semyon Bychkov with Westdeutscher Rundfunk Köln in concert and again with Seattle Opera. On the concert stage, Mr. Forbis appears in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with Palm Beach Opera and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra with Bernard Haitink. Mr. Forbis began the 2008–2009 season singing the title role in Tristan und Isolde with Opéra National de Paris, a role he reprised with Lyric Opera of Chicago later in the season. He also appeared as Florestan in Beethoven’s Fidelio at the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona.

He began the 2007–2008 season singing the title role in Samson et Dalila at San Francisco Opera which was broadcast into movie theaters throughout the United States. He returned to the Metropolitan Opera to sing Siegmund in Die Walküre conducted by Loren Maazel and made his debut with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in concert performances of Act I of Die Walküre, conducted by Sir Bernard Haitink. He sang Florestan in the highly anticipated Chris Kraus production of Fidelio with Claudio Abbado conducting. The production premiered in Reggio Emilia, Italy and traveled to Baden-Baden and the Teatro Real de Madrid. His summer engagements included performances of the title role in Tristan und Isolde with Paris Opera on tour in Japan.