Continuing a dazzling run of European debuts, it has been announced that tenor René Barbera, whose voice has been described as “honeyed perfection” (Opera Today), will make his Dutch National Opera debut in one of his signature roles, Count Almaviva in Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia.
Of his Almaviva in Paris in January 2018, Opera Gazet commended his musicality by noting, “His breath is long, easy, and his interpretation intelligent; he is also almost better in the fast passages… He channels so much of the character that one could rename the work: Il ‘Conte’ di Siviglia.”
The cast includes outstanding vocalists such as Ambrogio Maestri as Bartolo, Nino Machaidze as Rosina, and Davide Luciano as Figaro. The lively classic will be presented in a new staging by Lotte de Beer, one of the most sought after stage directors of her generation. Conductor Maurizio Benini leads the top notch cast and orchestra, Zack Winokur choreographs the production, and Julian Crouch designs the set and costumes.
The performances, November 10-December 2, 2018, go on sale June 5, and more information may be found on the Dutch National Opera’s website.