OPERA NEWS: NOTEWORTHY & NOW – MARCH 2020
René Barbera sings Elvino in a new Sonnambula production in Liège by Jaco Van DormaelOpera News
“he negotiates his intricate fioratura with a golden elegance, never forcing, and suddenly pounces on a phrase with an added vibrancy”
Tenor René Barbera has quickly established himself as one of today’s most exciting vocal artists. The first-ever sole recipient of all three top awards of the Operalia Competition in 2011 and winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in 2008, René has earned critical praise and audience acclaim for his effortless singing, his “old-fashioned warmth” (Opera News), and his expressive musicality. In the 2019/20 season, René returns to the historic Teatro alla Scala for two of his signature roles: Nemorino (L’elisir d’amore) and Alfredo.
Additionally, he sings Conte Almaviva (Il barbiere di Siviglia) at the Wiener Staatsoper, at Genoa’s Teatro Carlo Felice, at the New National Theatre in Tokyo, marking his debut in Japan and he comes back to Palermo with concerts of Beethoven IX and Verdi’s Messa di Requiem. Following these engagements, René will debut at the Opéra Royal de Wallonie Liège as Alfredo in Verdi’s La Traviata, and he revisits the role of Don Ramiro in Rossini’s La Cenerentola at the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía in Valencia.Read More
Opéra Royal de Wallonie-Liège
Speranza Scappucci, conductor Patrizia Ciofi, Leo Nucci, Caroline de Mahieu, Pierre Derhet, Roger Joakim, Samuel Namotte and Shadi Torbey