Tenor René Barbera, a graduate of Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center, has established himself as one of today's most exciting young artists.
The first sole recipient of all three awards of the Operalia Competition in 2011, he recently made his company and role debut as Elvino La sonnambula with the Washington Concert Opera, followed by his debut at the Michigan Opera Theater as Almaviva Il barbiere di Siviglia, and return appearances with the Lyric Opera of Chicago as Ernesto Don Pasquale and Italian Tenor Der Rosenkavalier. He sang performances of Don Ramiro La Cenerentola in his debuts with Seattle Opera and Los Angeles Opera, and was heard as Almaviva at the Stanislavsky Music Theatre in Moscow. In the summer of 2013, he made his Santa Fe Opera debut as Rodrigo in Rossini’s La donna del lago. Elsewhere he sang Ramiro La Cenerentola, Almaviva and Iopas Les Troyens in San Francisco, Tonio La fille du régiment with Greensboro Opera, Almaviva with Los Angeles Opera, Giannetto La gazza ladra and Narciso Il turco in Italia at the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro, and his first Alfredo La traviata in Palermo. He made his debut with the Opera National de Paris as Almaviva, and with the Metropolitan Opera as Lindoro L’italiana in Algeri, conducted by James Levine.
Highlights of the 2017-18 season included a number of house debut appearances: with the Deutsche Oper Berlin as Edgardo Lucia di Lammermoor, at Teatro all Scala Milan as Ernesto with conductor Riccardo Chailly, Tonio with the Opernhaus Zurich, Duca Rigoletto at the Semperoper Dresden, Arturo I puritani for the Staatstheater Stuttgart, and Ramiro La cenerentola at the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich. He also sang Alfredo in Dallas and returned to Opera de Paris as Almaviva. In 2018/19 René will debut with the Wiener Staatsoper (Ernesto) and Dutch National Opera (Almaviva) and Opera di Roma (Lord Percy Anna Bolena and La Cenerentola); he will also sing Tebaldo I capulett e i montecchi for Teatro Massimo Palermo and return in future seasons to La scala, Wiener Staatsoper and Metropolitan Opera.