'Otello'

<a href="http://www.dallasperformingarts.org/thevenues/margotbillwinspearoperahouse.asp">Dallas Opera</a> daringly has invited the British sometimes-bad boy and politically controversial director Tim Albery to stage Verdi's "Otello" to open the company's new home -- the Margo and Bill Winspear Opera House, designed by another Brit, Norman Foster. Albery's recent Scottish Opera production of Wagner's "Ring" was updated to Tony Blair's England and interpreted as a scathing political commentary. Two questions loom: What does Albery have in store for politically conservative Texas society, which will undoubtedly show up in full, bejeweled glory? And does Clifton Forbis (pictured), who struggled through the Los Angeles Philharmonic's "Tristan Project" four years ago, have the vocal stamina for Verdi's most dramatic tenor role?<br>
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<i>Dallas Opera, Oct. 23</i>
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( Lawrence K. Ho/Los Angeles Times / September 13, 2009 )

Dallas Opera daringly has invited the British sometimes-bad boy and politically controversial director Tim Albery to stage Verdi's "Otello" to open the company's new home -- the Margo and Bill Winspear Opera House, designed by another Brit, Norman Foster. Albery's recent Scottish Opera production of Wagner's "Ring" was updated to Tony Blair's England and interpreted as a scathing political commentary. Two questions loom: What does Albery have in store for politically conservative Texas society, which will undoubtedly show up in full, bejeweled glory? And does Clifton Forbis (pictured), who struggled through the Los Angeles Philharmonic's "Tristan Project" four years ago, have the vocal stamina for Verdi's most dramatic tenor role?

Dallas Opera, Oct. 23

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