“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 returns to the historic Teatro alla Scala for two of his signature roles: Nemorino in L’elisir d’amore, and Alfredo in La Traviata. Additionally, he sings Conte Almaviva in Il barbiere di Siviglia at the Wiener Staatsoper, at Genoa’s Teatro Carlo Felice, and the New National Theatre in Tokyo, marking his debut in Japan. Following these engagements, René will debut at the Opéra Royal de Wallonie Liège as Elvino in a new production of Bellini’s La Sonnambula, and he revisits the role of Conte Almaviva at the Teatro Regio di Torino.

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.

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