René Barbera

René Barbera

Tenor René Barbera studied at the Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Patrick G. and at the Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center. He won first prize at Domingo’s Operalia 2011 in the opera and zarzuela categories as well as the audience award and has since been the first and only artist to have won all three categories in this competition.

In the 2014/15 season René Barbera sang Almaviva in Il Barbiere di Siviglia at the Opéra National in Parigi, Ramiro in La Cenerentola at the San Francisco Opera, Tonio in La fille du régiment at the Greensboro Opera and Almaviva in Il barbiere di Siviglia at Los Angeles Opera and Iopas in Les Troyens at San Francisco Opera.

He also took on many important roles in North America's famous opera houses: Elvino in La sonnambula at the Washington Concert Opera, Almaviva in Il Barbiere di Siviglia at the Michigan Opera Theater and Ernesto in Don Pasquale at the Lyric Opera in Chicago and Don Ramiro in La Cenerentola at the Seattle Opera as well as the Los Angeles Opera. In the summer of 2013 he made his debut at the Santa Fe Opera in the role of Rodrigo in Rossini's La donna del lago.

René Barbera can not only be found on the stages of world-famous opera houses but also presented his broad symphonic repertoire in many places. So he performed i.a. at the Festival of Music of Medoc in France, sang in Handel's Messiah with the Apollo Chorus of Chicago and in Beethoven's Ninth Symphony with the Chicago Philharmonic Orchestra. He also sang Verdi's Requiem at La Scala in Milan.

His latest engagements include Il Barbiere di Siviglia, which he sung in cooperation with famous opera houses in Paris, Los Angeles, Bologna and Amsterdam also performed well-known works such as La Gazza Ladra and Il Turco that were performed in Pesaro.