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Rene Barbera

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Renè Barbera press reviews

One breakout star already has triumphed outside Chicago, and that is René Barbera, the splendid lyric tenor from Texas, now in his third year at the center, who took top honors in all three male categories at Placido Domingo’s Operalia vocal competition last month in Moscow. Barbera’s plangent, stylish and beautiful singing on Friday, as Ernesto in Act 2 of Donizetti’s “Don Pasquale,” amply justified his sweeping the prestigious global contest. —John von Rhein - Chicago Tribune

René Barbera, a third-year tenor from San Antonio, Texas, is already well on his way to wider attention; his natural high tenor brought him three top awards, best male singer, best “zarzuela” interpreter and audience favorite in Placido Domingo’s annual Operalia competition, held last month in St. Petersburg, Russia. A natural bel canto tenor, he made “Povero Ernesto!” his own to open the Donizetti. —Andrew Patner - Sun Times

“Tenor René Barbera handled Tonio’s music with genuine flair (the notorious high Cs of “Ah! Mes amis” sounded so easy one expected a cadenza reaching even higher)." —Judith Malafronte - Opera News