As René prepares for his return to the Opera National de Paris as Count Almaviva in Il barbiere di Siviglia (January 24-February 16), Revopéra and Ôlyrix both interviewed him for feature articles this week. Here are short excerpts from each interview, and you can read the full articles by clicking through the links below.
“I have begun to sing heavier repertoire such as the Duke in Rigoletto and Alfredo in La traviata but I am still very much capable of the agility necessary for Rossini…My main projects coming up will be Don Pasquale at Teatro Alla Scala, La Cenerentola at Bayerische Staatsoper, L’italiana in Algeri at Teatro Verdi in Trieste, La Clemenza di Tito at Palau De les Arts in Valencia, and I Puritani in Stuttgart.”
“I still dream of sharing the stage with Plácido Domingo to be sure! And here is one most people would never expect me to say —Eminem. It is a dream of mine to collaborate with him at some point on some project in the future. I have been a huge fan of his since I was young and I know a large amount of his music.”
“[Almaviva] is a very funny character, more than I imagined at first. He plays a lot of characters: himself, a student, a soldier, a teacher. This offers a lot of possibilities from a theatrical point of view.”
“[One day] I would like to sing at the Royal Opera House, of course, but also in Sydney, because the opera house is beautiful. There is also the Vienna State Opera, the Bolshoi, and the Palais Garnier.”