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René Barbera
René Barbera

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About René

Tenor René Barbera has quickly established himself as one of today’s most exciting vocal artists. The first-ever recipient of all three top awards of the Operalia Competition in 2011 and winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions 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 Opéra national de Paris for two productions: Ernesto Don Pasquale and Alfredo La traviata. He stars as Lord Riccardo Percy in Donizetti’s Anna Bolena at Deutsche Oper Berlin, and then returns to Tokyo to sing Ferrando Così fan tutte with the Seiji Ozawa Music Academy. He concludes the season with his debut as Ottavio Don Giovanni at Teatro Comunale di Bologna. On the concert stage, René sings Verdi’s Requiem with Orchèstre de la Suisse Romande and Myung-Whun Chung.

In the 2022/23 season, René starred as Il Duca di Mantova Rigoletto at Dallas Opera and returned to the Metropolitan Opera as the Italian Singer in Strauss’ Der Rosenkavalier. He made his highly anticipated role debut as Fenton Falstaff at Teatro La Fenice and starred as Elvino La Sonnambula at Opéra Royal de Wallonie-Liège. Additionally, he sang Nemorino L’elisir d’amore at Royal Opera House Muscat, Ernesto Don Pasquale at Teatro Massimo, and Lord Riccardo Percy Anna Bolena at Teatro di San Carlo. He concluded the season with his debut as Adelberto in Rossini’s Adelaide di Borgogna at the Rossini Opera Festival. On the concert platform, he performed Verdi’s Requiem with both the NHK Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Fabio Luisi, and Orchestre de Paris under the baton of Jaap van Zweden.

Other operatic highlights include Nemorino L’elisir d’amore, Ernesto Don Pasquale andAlfredo La Traviata at Teatro alla Scala; Il Conte d’Almaviva Il barbiere di Siviglia at Wiener Staatsoper, San Francisco Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Opéra national de Paris, Dutch National Opera Teatro Carlo Felice Genova, and the New National Theatre in Tokyo; Alfredo La traviata at Dallas Opera, Teatro Massimo di Palermo and Festival Castell Peralada; Don Ramiro La Cenerentola at Bayerische Staatsoper, San Fransico Opera, Seattle Opera, and Los Angeles Opera; Lindoro L’italiana in Algeri at The Metropolitan Opera; Edgardo Lucia di Lammermoor at Deutsche Oper Berlin and Lyric Opera of Chicago; Iopas Les Troyens at San Francisco Opera; Arturo I puritani at Opéra national de Paris and Staatstheater Stuttgart; Ernesto Don Pasquale at Wiener Staatsoper and Lyric Opera of Chicago; Tonio La fille du régiment with Opernhaus Zürich, Austin Opera, Opera Theatre of St. Louis and Greensboro Opera; Giannetto La gazza ladra and Narciso Il turco in Italia at the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro; Uberto La donna del lago in Santa Fe Opera; the Italian Singer in Der Rosenkavalier at Lyric Opera of Chicago; Ricardo Percy Anna Bolena at Teatro dell’Opera di Roma; and the title role in Idomeneo at Teatro Massimo di Palermo.

On the concert platform, René has performed Verdi’s Requiem with Teatro alla Scala and Riccardo Chailly on tour to Padova, the Philharmonie de Paris and the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg; Seattle Symphony; Melbourne Symphony; Moscow Conservatory; Wiener Konzerthaus and The Shed in New York City with MusicaAeterna led by Teodor Currentzis. He has also performed Rossini’s Stabat Mater with Orchestre Philharmonie Luxembourg led by Gustavo Gimeno, Teato alla Scala led by Myung-Whun Chung and the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro. René was a featured artist at the annual Deutsche AIDS-Stiftung Gala benefit concert in Berlin.

René is based in Paris

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Worldwide general management with Askonas Holt

Season Highlights

Sep 2023 - Oct 2023
Opéra national de Paris
Don Pasquale (Ernesto) Speranza Scappucci (conductor) Damiano Michieletto (director)
Dec 2023 - Dec 2023
Deutsche Oper Berlin
Anna Bolena (Riccardo Percy) Enrique Mazzola (conductor) David Alden (director)
Jan 2024 - Feb 2024
Opéra national de Paris
La traviata (Alfredo Germont) Giacomo Sagripanti (conductor) Simon Stone (director)

Selected Repertoire

BelliniI puritani (Lord Arturo Talbo)   •   La sonnambula (Elvino)
BerliozLes Troyens (Iopas)
BizetLes pêcheurs de perles (Nadir)
DonizettiAnna Bolena (Riccardo Percy)   •   Don Pasquale (Ernesto)   •   Il paria (Idamore)   •   La fille du régiment (Tonio)   •   L'elisir d'amore (Nemorino)   •   Lucia di Lammermoor (Edgardo)
MozartCosì fan tutte (Ferrando)   •   Die Zauberflöte (Tamino)   •   Don Giovanni (Don Ottavio)   •   Idomeneo (title role)   •   La clemenza di Tito (Tito)
PucciniGianni Schicchi (Rinuccio)
RossiniAdelaide di Borgogna (Adelberto)   •   Guillaume Tell (Arnold Melchtal)   •   Il barbiere di Siviglia (Il Conte d’Almaviva)   •   Il turco in Italia (Narciso)   •   La Cenerentola (Don Ramiro)   •   La donna del lago (Rodrigo)   •   La gazza ladra (Giannetto)   •   L'italiana in Algeri (Lindoro)
StraussDer Rosenkavalier (An Italian singer)
VerdiFalstaff (Fenton)   •   Rigoletto (Il Duca di Mantova)   •   La traviata (Alfredo Germont)

News

Press

  • Don Giovanni

    Teatro Comunale di Bologna
    May 2024 - Jun 2024
    • René Barbera in stato di grazia che ha portato in scena uno dei migliori Don Ottavio per eleganza di stile e linea vocale. Successo cordiale per tutti i fautori dello spettacolo con più insistenti applausi per il Don Ottavio di René Barbera e la Donna Anna di Valentina Varriale che nonostante l’avesse già cantata la sera prima non si è tirata indietro e ha generosamente salvato la recita." [Translated] "René Barbera in a state of grace who brought to the stage one of the best Don Ottavios for elegance of style and vocal line. Cordial success for all the supporters of the show with more insistent applause for René Barbera's Don Ottavio and Valentina Varriale's Donna Anna who, despite having already sung it the evening before, did not hold back and generously saved the performance .

    • René Barbera se tomó muy en serio su papel de protector de Donna Anna, un tenor que cuenta con una sólida técnica que le permite destellos de calidad. Barbera dió importancia a un personaje favorecido solo por dos hermosas arias." [Tramnslated] "René Barbera took his role as protector of Donna Anna very seriously, a tenor who has a solid technique that allows him flashes of quality. Barbera gave importance to a character favored only by two beautiful arias.

    • Molto buona la prova di Renè Barbera che interpeta un Don Ottavio che è un piacere per le orecchie." [Translated] "Very good performance by Renè Barbera who plays Don Ottavio which is a pleasure for the ears.

    • Molto bene René Barbera (26 maggio). Il suo Don Ottavio eccelle per il gusto, la raffinatezza e allo stesso tempo per il calore. Belle le due arie (l’edizione adottata è il solito mix di Praga e Vienna), soprattutto “Dalla sua pace”; lodevole anche “Il mio tesoro”, pur se sarebbero state desiderabili alcune prese di fiato in meno (anche senza auspicare il mantice inesauribile di un Rockwell Blake)." "Very good René Barbera (26 May). His Don Ottavio excels in taste, refinement and at the same time in warmth. The two arias are beautiful (the edition adopted is the usual mix of Prague and Vienna), especially “Dalla pace di lui”; “My Treasure” is also commendable, although a few fewer breaths would have been desirable (even without hoping for the inexhaustible bellows of a Rockwell Blake).