(San Antonio, Texas)
2015–16 Season: Count Almaviva in Il Barbiere di Siviglia
A graduate of Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Ryan Opera Center and an alumnus of the Merola Opera Program, tenor René Barbera made his San Francisco Opera debut as Don Ramiro in the Company’s fall 2014 production of La Cenerentola and returned in 2015 as Iopas (Les Troyens). At the 2011 Operalia competition in Moscow, he was awarded First Prize (Opera), First Prize (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’s recent engagements include Arturo (I Puritani) with Paris Opera; Count Almaviva (Il Barbiere di Siviglia) at the Teatro di San Carlo in Naples, Rome’s Teatro dell’Opera, and Paris Opera; 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). Engagements this season include Count Almaviva with Los Angeles Opera and Tonio (La Fille du Régiment) with North Carolina’s Greensboro Opera.