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Projecting Love, Treachery and Death

Meadows Chair of Voice Clifton Forbis stars in Dallas Opera production of Tristan und Isolde

Forbis as Otello, based on the play by William Shakespeare.
Photo courtesy of Karen Almond, Dallas Opera

Internationally renowned opera tenor and SMU Meadows Chair of Voice Clifton Forbis stars in the Dallas Opera production of Tristan und Isolde, Thursday, February 16 through Sunday, February 25 at the Margaret McDermott Performance Hall in the Margot & Bill Winspear Opera House in Dallas.

The Dallas Morning News’ classical music critic Scott Cantrell says Tristan und Isolde contains some of opera’s most magical moments. Cited as two of the world’s reigning Wagnerian singers, tenor Forbis as Tristan and co-star soprano Jeanne-Michèle Charbonnet as Isolde are at the center of a story of adventure, treachery, searing love and death. The production also showcases the work of projection designer Elaine McCarthy, creator of acclaimed imagery for Dallas Opera’s Moby-Dick, as well as theater productions of Spamalot and Wicked in New York City.

Forbis earned his Master of Music degree in vocal performance at SMU in 1990 and completed the post-graduate program at the Juilliard School of Music Opera Center in New York in 1992. Internationally known as a performer of some of the most demanding tenor parts in opera, Forbis is familiar with the character of Tristan, having played the role at Opera Geneva, L’Opera Bastille in Paris, the Tokyo Opera and the Lyric Opera of Chicago. He has also performed the role of Siegmund in Wagner’s Die Walküre with the Metropolitan Opera, Canadian Opera Company, National Symphony, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and Dallas Opera; the role of Samson in Saint-Saëns’s Samson et Dalila at the Metropolitan Opera, Bilbao Opera and San Francisco Opera; and the lead role in Verdi’s Otello with the Teatro alla Scala in Milan, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Vienna Staatsoper, Chicago Symphony and Dallas Opera.

Dallas Opera’s Tristan und Isolde will present only four performances. Tickets can be purchased online at

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