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.
The first sole recipient of all three awards of the Operalia Competition in 2011, he recently made his company and role debut as Elvino La sonnambulawith the Washington Concert Opera, followed by his debut at the Michigan Opera Theater as Almaviva Il barbiere di Siviglia, and his return to Lyric Opera of Chicago to sing his first Ernesto in Don Pasquale. He sang performances of Don Ramiro in La Cenerentola in his debuts with Seattle Opera and Los Angeles Opera, and was heard as Almaviva at the Stanislavsky Music Theatre in Moscow. In the summer of 2013, he made his Santa Fe Opera debut as Rodrigo in Rossini’s La donna del lago.
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.