René Barbera sings Elvino in a new Sonnambula production in Liège by Jaco Van Dormael (Mar. 13–21). Speranza Scappucci leads the cast, which also includes Nino Machaidze (Amina) and Marko Mimica (Rodolfo). In April, Barbera heads to Palermo for Rossini’s Stabat Mater alongside Maria Agresta, then to Florence for Don Martino in a new staging of Cherubini’s Lo Sposo di Tre e Marito di Nessuna.
For his final engagement of the season, René Barbera stars as Alfredo in a new production of Verdi’s La Traviata at the Festival Castell Peralda in Spain. Of the production, the director and stage designer, Paco Azorín, says that it presents the protagonist Violetta “as a free woman; a free spirit way beyond a superficial or stereotypical view. A woman who doesn’t need advice or protection to be herself at all times, to enjoy the life she wants to lead aRead More
It has been some time since I’ve posted and I wanted to take the time to celebrate the survival of one of the craziest weeks of my professional career!
Here’s what happened:
8:30pm – Opening of La Cenerentola
11:30pm – Opening performance ended
This post is a little late but things have been quite busy since leaving San Francisco and I’m finally getting a chance to sit down and write a little something about my time there.
This particular Barber of Seville, for a number of reasons, ended up being my favorite by far. I had an incredible time on and off stage with my wonderful colleagues and, as always, the city itself treated me well. This was my 3rd producRead More
What can I say? I love home. It comes in many forms. For me, and certainly for many who spend their lives on the road, home is all about familiarity. The people, the location, the company... This is what makes home for me.
I had the distinct joy of singing in one of my homes, Winston-Salem, NC, this month. It's home because I lived there for 4 very important years of my life but also because the people here have since become my family.
Anna and I had the most wonderful time in Annecy, France! Our first two days in town were prior to rehearsals for the concert beginning so we took advantage and rented a boat to spend some quality time on the lake. We also attempted to take a bike path around the lake… which quickly disappeared onto regular streets and pretty steep hills! After a valiant effort on three or four of those hills we finally decided to turn around and go the other direcRead More