Saturday, August 7, 2010

CLIFTON FORBIS Indisposed; ADAM KLEIN To Sing Tonight's Performance; KING FM Broadcast Rescheduled


Clifton Forbis is indisposed and will not be singing the role of Tristan in tonight's performance of Wagner's Tristan und Isolde.

We are pleased to announce that tenor Adam Klein, left, will be making his Seattle Opera debut tonight instead.

Mr. Klein has sung several roles with the Metropolitan Opera, including the Witch in Hänsel und Gretel, Števa in Jenůfa, Chekalinsky in Pique Dame, Chevalier in Dialogues des Carmélites, and Elemer in Arabella. His repertoire includes Don José in Carmen, Quint in The Turn of the Screw, Sam in Susannah, the title role in Gounod's Faust, Roméo in Roméo et Juliette, Canio in Pagliacci, the title role in Werther, Belmonte in Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Tamino in Die Zauberflöte, the title role in Les Contes d’Hoffmann, Des Grieux in Manon Lescaut, Rodolfo in La bohème, Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly, Luigi in Il tabarro, Cavaradossi in Tosca, Bacchus in Ariadne auf Naxos, Narraboth and Herod in Salome, Polo in Tan Dun's Marco Polo, the title role in Don Carlo, the title role in Otello, Duca in Rigoletto, Erik in Der Fliegende Holländer, and Judge Danforth in Robert Ward's Crucible. He recently performed Sly in Pascal Dusapin’s opera, Faustus, The Last Night, at the Spoleto Festival USA. More information about Mr. Klein is available at his website.

The scheduled broadcast of the opera, on Classic KING FM 98.1 and, will be delayed two weeks. The performance of August 21, beginning at 6:30 pm PST, will be broadcast on KING. Clifton Forbis is scheduled to sing that performance.


  1. Adam Klein was absolutely superb as Tristan. Seattle Opera's audience was treated to an amazing "substitute."

  2. It was stunning to see so many people leaving McCaw Hall after act 2. If Mr. Klein is, indeed, superb, why was the live broadcast rescheduled? We were disappointed.

  3. How amazing for anyone to jump in and sing Tristan on 12 hours notice! I'm in awe at what opera singers can accomplish! Bravo Adam Klein!

  4. Among the reasons why Seattle Opera decided to reschedule the live broadcast for the 8/21 performance was courtesy to Mr. Klein, who was singing the role for the first time in his career and who hadn't rehearsed it onstage or with the orchestra. Given that no role in opera is more challenging to sing than Tristan, it was determined that he had enough on his plate without the additional scrutiny and pressure of a radio broadcast.

    Congratulations to Adam Klein on the cheers and applause he earned last night. He is now a Tristan.

    - Jonathan Dean
    Seattle Opera

  5. Earlier I have seen Adam Klein sing the role of the witch, with my two daughters, at the Met. Outstanding!
    And now Tristan...oh my word. This guy is sensational.
    I wonder if the Met will use him in leading roles this season.
    Living in Hawaii, its a schlep to get to NYC, but I'll do it for Adam Klien, his wonderful voice and characterizations.