“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 has quickly established himself as one of today’s most exciting young vocal artists. The first-ever sole recipient of all three awards of the Operalia Competition in 2011 and winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Audition in 2008, René has earned critical praise and audience acclaim for his effortless singing, his “old-fashioned warmth” (Opera News), and his expressive musicality.
This season, René will make a number of house debuts: with the Deutsche Oper Berlin as Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor; at Teatro alla Scala Milan as Ernesto in Don Pasquale with conductor Riccardo Chailly; at Teatro Verdi Trieste as Lindoro in L‘Italiana in Algeri; at the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia as Tito in La clemenza di Tito; 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 Count Almaviva in Il barbiere di Siviglia.
René is a graduate of Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center, San Francisco Opera’s Merola Opera Program, and Florida Grand Opera’s Young Artist Program.Read More