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Rene Barbera

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Biography

In the 2012-2013 season, Renè Barbera continues to make important company debuts throughout North America. He opens the season in his company and role debut as Elvino in “La sonnambula” with Washington Concert Opera, followed by his debut with Michigan Opera Theater as Almaviva in “The Barber of Seville”, and his return to Lyric Opera of Chicago for his role debut as Ernesto in “Don Pasquale”. He sings performances of Don Ramiro in “La Cenerentola” in his debuts with Seattle Opera and Los Angeles Opera, and will be heard as Almaviva at the Stanislavsky Music Theatre in Moscow. In the summer of 2013, he makes his Santa Fe Opera debut as Rodrigo in Rossini’s “La donna del lago”.

During the 2011-2012 season, Renè Barbera was heard on the Lyric Opera of Chicago stage as Arturo in “Lucia di Lammermoor”, Brighella in “Ariadne auf Naxos”, and as Tamino in student matinee performances of “The Magic Flute”. Mr. Barbera made his company and role debut with Vancouver Opera as Almaviva and made his company debut with Canadian Opera Company as Rinuccio in “Gianni Schicci”. Additional performances included a solo recital at the Festival of Music in Medoc, France, Rossini’s “Stabat Mater” for the Grant Park Music Festival, and his debut as Tamino with Maestro James Conlon and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at the Ravinia Festival.

Renè Barbera's previous appearances for Lyric Opera of Chicago include “Carmen”, “Un ballo in maschera”, “La Fanciulla del West”, “Lohengrin”, and Don Ramiro in the Ryan Opera Center production of “La Cenerentola”. Concert performances include Handel’s “Messiah” with the Apollo Chorus of Chicago, Rossini’s “Stabat Mater” with the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra, and Beethoven’s “Symphony No. 9” with the Chicago Philharmonic. Mr. Barbera is a 2008 winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and was a member of the San Francisco Opera’s prestigious Merola Opera Program that same year, where he performed on the Schwabacher Concert Series and the Grand Finale Concert. In 2007 he won the Grand Prize of the Charles A. Lynam Vocal Competition, which led to his performance with the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra. In 2006 he won first place in the Heafner/Williams Vocal Competition and First Place in the Charlotte Opera Guild Vocal Competition. Mr. Barbera studied at the North Carolina School of the Arts from 2004 – 2008 and further studies include the American Institute of Vocal Arts in Graz, Austria, and the Vocal Arts Symposium of Colorado Springs.