“He negotiates his intricate fioratura with a golden elegance, never forcing, and suddenly pounces on a phrase or high note with an added vibrancy.”
Tenor René Barbera, a graduate of Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center, has established himself as one of today’s most exciting young artists.
Recent highlights include Almaviva with the Opera National de Paris, Ramiro La Cenerentola, Almaviva and Iopas in Les Troyens in San Francisco, Tonio in La fille du régiment with Greensboro Opera, Almaviva in Il barbiere di Siviglia with Los Angeles Opera, Giannetto in La gazza ladra and Narciso in Il turco in Italia at the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro, and Italian Tenor in Der Rosenkavalier at the Lyric Opera of Chicago. He made his debut at the Metropolitan Opera as Lindoro in L’italiana in Algeri, conducted by James Levine, and sang his first Alfredo in La traviata in Palermo.
This season René will make a number of house debut appearances: with the Deutsche Oper Berlin as Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor, at Teatro all Scala Milan as Ernesto with conductor Riccardo Chailly, and for the Bayerische Staatsoper Munich as Ramiro in La cenerentola. Other upcoming engagements include I puritani at the Staatstheater Stuttgart and a return to the Opera National de Paris as Almaviva.