Tag Archives: Clifton Forbis

For Those Who Love Grand Opera

by Suzanne Calvin

“…it just doesn’t get any better.”  Or so writes Terry Mathews, Arts Editor of the “Sulphur Springs News-Telegram” in her review of the Dallas Opera’s “Tristan & Isolde.”  She declared that the voice of soprano Jeanne-Michele Charbonnet (Isolde) “should be declared a national treasure.”  You can read it all here. Meanwhile, over at the “Dallas […]

The Critical Acclaim Continues for “Tristan”

by Suzanne Calvin

If you haven’t read all the initial reviews, please scroll down in order to do so. But it’s incredibly gratifying to be able to report that the applause hasn’t stopped, and rave reviews for our new production of Wagner’s transcendent masterpiece continue to pour in. The latest? From Mark-Brian Sonna at “Pegasus News” who writes: […]

Tristan & Isolde – What a Night!

by Suzanne Calvin

Okay, I confess: by the end of the evening, I was struggling with tears (and for all the right reasons). Were you there at last night’s opening of Christian Rath’s stunning new production of TRISTAN & ISOLDE?  Was I the only sentimental slob out there who found the overall experience transcendent? The reviews are already coming in, starting […]

Tristan: Updated and Upgraded

by Suzanne Calvin

The Dallas Opera’s upcoming production of “Tristan & Isolde” has been a work-in-progress…literally. Here to explain it all for you is Gregory Sullivan Isaacs of “Theater Jones.” And here’s a look at Jeanne-Michele in all her glory. Suzanne Calvin, Manager/Director Media & PR

From the Desk of Artistic Director Jonathan Pell

by Megan Meister

Last night I attended a terrific concert with Paul Phillips conducting the SMU Symphony Orchestra in excerpts from Wagner’s RING, featuring highlights from Act I of DIE WALKUERE with voice faculty members Virginia Dupuy and Clifton Forbis.   This was Virginia’s first foray into Wagner repertoire and a departure into dramatic soprano territory  from her usual […]

Clif Forbis: Still a Star, now a Chair

by Suzanne Calvin

Word from the Division of Music, Meadows School of the Arts at SMU that tenor Clifton Forbis, last heard here in the title role in our inaugural production of Verdi’s OTELLO  in the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House, has been appointed Chair of the Voice Department. Mr. Forbis succeeds Joan Heller, who is retiring […]

From the desk of General Director Keith Cerny

by Megan Meister

Richard Wagner would be delighted to know that more than 125 years after his death, his signature Festspielhaus in Bayreuth still plays to sold-out audiences, with 10-year waiting lists to buy tickets.  Thanks to the generosity of the Dallas Wagner Society,  its President Roger Carroll, and its Treasurer Greg McConeghy, I was privileged to attend all five […]