René Barbera, a graduate of Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Patick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center and alumnus of the Merola Opera Program, makes his San Francisco Opera debut in 2013. At Placido Domingo’s Operalia 2011 in Moscow, he was awarded First Prize for Opera, First Prize for Zarzuela, and the Audience Prize. He is the first artist to be the sole recipient of all three awards since the competition began in 1993. Barbera engagements in the current season include the tenor soloist in the Verdi Requiem with the Melbourne Philharmonic and Seattle Symphony, Arturo (I Puritani) with Paris Opera, Count Almaviva (Il Barbiere di Siviglia) at the Teatro di San Carlo in Naples, the Duke of Mantua (Rigoletto) with Opera Colorado, and Nemorino (L’Elisir d’Amore) with Austin Lyric Opera and Opera Theatre of St. Louis. Other career highlights include Elvino (La Sonnambula) with Washington Concert Opera, Count Almaviva with Michigan Opera Theater and Vancouver Opera, Ernesto (Don Pasquale) with Lyric Opera of Chicago, Don Ramiro (La Cenerentola) with Seattle Opera and Los Angeles Opera, Rodrigo (La Donna del Lago) with the Santa Fe Opera, and Rinuccio (Gianni Schicchi) with Toronto’s Canadian Opera Company. His roles at Lyric Opera of Chicago include Arturo (Lucia di Lammermoor), Brighella (Ariadne auf Naxos), and Tamino (Die Zauberflöte).