René Barbera

Credit: Kristin Hoebermann


Tenor René Barbera, a graduate of Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center, has swiftly established himself as one of today’s most exciting young artists.

The first sole recipient of all three awards of the Operalia, he has sung with the Washington Concert Opera, Michigan Opera Theater, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Seattle Opera, Austin Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro, Opera National de Paris and Stanislavsky Music Theatre in Moscow. Recent highlights include Almaviva Il barbiere di Siviglia for the Opéra de Paris, and his debut at the Metropolitan Opera as Lindoro L’italiana in Algeri, conducted by James Levine.

Major house debuts this season and next include: Teatro alla Scala (Ernesto Don Pasquale with Chailly), Bayerische Staatsoper Munich (Don Ramiro La Cenerentola), Staatstheater Stuttgart (Arturo I puritani), Dutch National Opera (Almaviva) and Wiener Staatsoper (Ernesto Don Pasquale).


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    04 Nov 16 VERDI 'Requiem'
    Royal Festival Hall

    “Likewise, the tenor René Barbera free-wheeled through the score, singing with ease and assuredness especially with his first Kyrie eleison, and subsequently in the Offertorio which was effortless and charming.”
    Bachtrack, Louise Flind

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    02 Oct 16 ROSSINI 'L'italiana in Algeri'
    Metropolitan Opera, New York

    “Lindoro, her Italian lover, was sung by another debutant, René Barbera. With a disarming stage presence, he impressed with his easy delivery and fine legato. His voice never lost its luscious, bright, penetrating quality as he moved about the stage singing his arias and trading musical barbs with his colleagues.”
    Bachtrack, Ako Imamura

    “René Barbera, also in his first Met appearance, brought a light, urbane tenor to the role of Lindoro”
    The New York Times, Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim

    “He melted hearts with ardent tone and thrilling high notes.”
    Classical Source, Christopher Browner

    “Another notable debut was by the romantic lead, American tenor René Barbera, who contributed some of the most impressive singing, with striking high notes.”
    Epoch Times, Barry Bassis

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    25 Nov 15 ROSSINI 'Il barbiere di Siviglia'
    San Francisco Opera

    “…tenor, René Barbera, was the only new face in the crowd, although his company debut last year in Rossini’s “La Cenerentola” established what he can do in this arena. As Almaviva, he sang with both sweetness and power, and he gave a formidable account of the aria “Cessa di più resistere,” which is usually cut; Barbera’s high-flying rendition amply justified the decision to include.”
    San Francisco Chronicle, Joshua Kosman

    “Texas tenor René Barbera had the most to sing, and sing he did, sailing easily into tenorino sphere when needed, cleanly executing coloratura. All this without losing a finely honed even sound.”
    Opera Today, Michael Milenski

    “Tenor René Barbera sang the role of Count Almaviva, who disguises himself as the student Lindoro to win Rosina. Deploying the firm, ringing tone of a true Rossini tenor, he sounded focused in the ensembles and ardent in his serenades; “Se il mio nome” was especially fine.”
    The Mercury News, Georgia Rowe

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    14 Sep 15 Recital
    San Diego Opera

    “Barbera’s calling card is the sheer beauty of his voice, an unusual amalgam of that rich Italianate color thought to be owned by those heavy-hitting verismo tenors with the agility and coloratura brilliance of today’s amazing crop of fleet bel canto tenors.”
    Ken Herman, San Diego Story

    “Barbera, a fast-rising and increasingly appreciated presence in the world of opera, has a voice every voice teacher dreams about. His instrument has the brightness necessary to fill an opera house and cut through an orchestra, but he also sings with considerable warmth and he never pushes his voice. And he demonstrated impressive consistency and control throughout his entire range.”
    James Chute, San Diego Union Tribune

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    18 Apr 15 50th Anniversary Gala
    San Diego Opera

    “The evening’s most thrilling moments were delivered in Italian in the company debut of fast-rising, Texas-born bel canto tenor René Barbera, whose charm and effortless string of high Cs for Luciano Pavarotti’s breakthrough number “Ah! mes amis” from “The Daughter of the Regiment” elicited roars of excitement.”
    Pam Kragen, San Diego Union Tribune

    “René Barbera’s glorious tenor shimmered its way through the atmosphere of the hall and into the audience’s hearts. His vocal beauty and ease and phenomenally consistent technique, reminiscent of the vocal assurance and comic flair of Pavarotti and the technical prowess and golden tones of Flórez, mesmerized listeners, whether in the sensuous Bizet or the always-challenging Ah! Mes amis… of Donizetti.”
    Erica Miner, LA Opus

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    21 Nov 14 ROSSINI 'La Cenerentola'
    San Francisco Opera

    “René Barbara has a lovely lyrical tenor and made a charming prince.”
    Pamela Feinsilber, Huffington Post

    “Barbera was stellar in the aria “Si, ritrovarla io giuro”, in which Ramiro vows to find his beloved…”
    Niels Swinkels, San Francisco Classical Voice,

    “She was handsomely partnered by yet a third debuting artist, tenor René Barbera as Don Ramiro, a.k.a. Prince Charming. Barbera deployed a bright, elegant sound that was clear but not too piercing, and he brought star power to his Act 2 aria while still blending impeccably in the ensembles.”
    Joshua Kosman, San Francisco Chronicle


I puritani Arturo
La sonnambula Elvino

Les Troyens Iopas

Don Pasquale Ernesto
La fille du régiment Tonio
L’elisir d’amore Nemorino
Lucia di Lammermoor Edgardo

Die Zauberflöte Tamino
Don Giovanni Don Ottavio

Gianni Schicchi Rinuccio

Il Barbiere di Siviglia Conte Almaviva
La Cenerentola Don Ramiro
La donna del lago Rodrigo di Dhu

Rigoletto Il Duca di Mantua