René Barbera

I have always loved leaving my entire soul on the stage in those highly emotional moments.


by Alex Suciu
August 17, 2023
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The tenor René Barbera has cleared up sometime during his rehearsals for his debut as Adelberto in Adelaide di Borgogna in Pesaro to talk to us about various topics, starting from the vocal challenges of switching between different types of roles, to his experience with Adelaide di Borgogna, and his take on the impact social networks have on singers today.


Tenor René Barbera, graduated at Chicago’s Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center, won the first prize at Placido Domingo’s Concorso Operalia in 2011, a Mosca; in the same competition won il the first prize for Zarzuela and the audience award. This season, René Barbera starred in Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia (Count Almaviva) at Teatro dell’Opera di Roma and returned to Dallas Opera as The Duke of Mantua in Verdi’s Rigoletto. He made his highly anticipated role debut as Fenton in Verdi’s Falstaff at Teatro La Fenice di Venezia, and starred as Elvino (La Sonnambula) at Opéra Royal de Wallonie-Liège. He concluded the season with his return to the Metropolitan Opera as the Italian Singer in Strauss’ Der Rosenkavalier. He made many important in North America’s theatres: Elvino in La sonnambula at Washington Concert Opera, Almaviva in Il Barbiere di Siviglia at Michigan Opera Theater and Ernesto in Don Pasquale at Lyric Opera of Chicago, Don Ramiro in La Cenerentola at Seattle Opera and at Los Angeles Opera, Almaviva at Stanislavsky Theatre in Moscow. In the summer 2013, he debuted at Santa Fe Opera in the role of Rodrigo in Rossini’s La donna del lago. Also he sung at Lyric Opera in Chicago Arturo in Lucia di Lammermoor, Brighella in Ariadne auf Naxos, Tamino in Die Zauberflöte; he debuted at Vancouver Opera in the role of Almaviva and at Canadian Opera Company in Gianni Schicchi (Rinuccio). About his symphonic repertoire: a recital at the Festival of Music of Medoc, in France, Rossini Stabat Mater at the Grant Park Music Festival and at the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro, Händel Messiah with the Apollo Chorus of Chicago, the Stabat Mater with the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra, Beethoven IX with the Chicago Philharmonic, Verdi Requiem at with Riccardo Chailly.

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Dear Mr Barbera, thank you for having accepted our invitation! You have reached a point in your career where your repertoire comprises a wide variety. How do you manage from a technical standpoint to jump from, let’s say, Rigoletto or Die Rosenkavalier to Il Barbiere di Siviglia or La Cenerentola, all the while keeping your freshness and agility for the coloratura roles, […]

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Alice Lechner

Alice Lechner

Alice Lechner comes from a music-loving family. Her first encounter with the opera universe was at the tender age of six. The grandeur of the stage productions and costumes, the backstage chatter, and last, but definitely not least, the music left her in awe, beginning with Mozart’s Don Giovanni. The overall feeling that opera awakens in anyone who gets a glimpse into this part of artistic eternity, that each and every day passes the test of time, was what drew her to stay and be a part of this world. The Opera House of Brașov became her second home, and the people who worked there were her second family.

Since then, Alice has devoted her spare time to maximising her musical knowledge through instrumental studies, studying both piano and violin for a short time. In the following years, her number one passion stepped out of the limelight and graciously gave way to Law Studies.
Since 2018 she has been studying Law at “Alexandru Ioan Cuza” University in Iași.

Her passion for opera, even if it is no longer her top professional priority in terms of career, it has most definitely become her priority during her free time. Wanting to experience the best of both worlds and extend her musical horizons, she regularly attends opera performances throughout Romania and abroad.
With OPERA Charm Magazine, Alice aims to nurture her creative side to help it flourish and bloom and to discover, alongside the magazine’s readers, the fascinatingly complex world of opera.

Currently, she is an LL.M. in Business Law at “Alexandru Ioan Cuza” University in Iași.

Oana Zamfir

Oana Zamfir is a second year MA student at the “George Enescu” National University of Arts, at the Department of Musicology.

She studied violin for 12 years at the “Stefan Luchian” High School of Art in Botosani, later focusing on the theoretical aspects of music. In 2019 she completed her bachelor studies in Musicology as a student of the National Academy of Music “Gheorghe Dima” in Cluj-Napoca. Her research during 2018-2019 brought to the forefront elements of the archaic ritual within works of composers who activated during the communist period, giving her the opportunity to start a research internship at the “Carl von Ossietzky” University in Germany. In this context, she recorded conversations with members of the Sophie Drinker Institute in Bremen, and had access to documents directly from the Myriam Marbé archive.

Since 2019 she has been a teacher of Music Education and Theoretical Music Studies, making full use of interactive methods in the musical training of students and working, at the same time, with the children’s choir founded in the first year of her activity.

Her interests include pursuing a degree in interior design in 2020.

Alexandru Suciu

Alexandru Suciu inherited his passion for art growing up in a family of several generations of musicians. He began his musical studies at the “Augustin Bena” School of Music in Cluj, where he studied piano and guitar. Even though his main study direction was philological, his passion for music prevailed. He began his academical journey at the Faculty of Letters of the “Babeș-Bolyai” University, studying Comparative literature and English. He continued by studying Opera Singing at the “Gheorghe Dima” National Music Academy. He also graduated the Musical Education section, followed by Artistic Directing at the Musical Performing Arts department.

His multidisciplinary education opened the doors towards research, which is seen both through his participation in national and international conferences and symposia, such as the Salzburg Easter School PhD-forum, organized by the Salzburg Universität or the Silesian Meeting of Young Scholars, organized by the Institute of English at the University of Silesia, as well as the collaboration with Opera Charm Magazine.

During his student years, he won several prizes, including the Grand Prize at the “Paul Constantinescu” National Musical Interpretation Competition, the Romanian Composers and Musicologists’ Union Prize at the same competition, the First Prize and the Schubert Prize at the “Ada Ulubeanu” Competition.

He further developed his artistic skills by specializing in courses and masterclasses held by personalities such as Vittorio Terranova, Giuseppe Sabbatini, Marian Pop, Ines Salazar, Riccardo Zanellato, Paolo Bosisio, Valentina Farcaș and Manuel Lange in contexts such as the Internationale Sommerakademie für Operngesang Deutschlandsberg, Corso Internazionale di Canto Lirico I.M.C. Licata or the Europäische Akademie für Musik und darstellende Kunst Montepulciano. Besides his activity on-stage, he currently teaches Opera Singing Didactics, and Pedagogical Practice within the Department for Teacher Education and Training at the “Gheorghe Dima” National Music Academy.

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She made her debut in Pamina from “Die Zauberflöte” by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart at only 19 years old at the Bucharest National Opera House, as a member of the Ludovic Spiess Experimental Opera Studio. Over the years she made her debut in roles such as Contessa d’Almaviva (Le nozze di Figaro), Mimì & Musetta (La Bohème), Alice Ford (Falstaff), Erste Dame (Die Zauberflöte) in her university’s opera productions.
Her passion and experience extends in the field of choral music, too.

She has been part of our dream team since the fall of 2021. For a good period of time she took care of OPERA Charm’s social media and took you on the monthly journey through the history of opera through our Legends rubric – and a few times through the Theaters around the World rubric.

Her little soul rubric – from 2021 to present – is definitely the Conductors of the Future, where, every month, she gives you the chance to meet a young star of the world of conducting and, of course, to find out what’s the most charming feature of opera in these artists’ views.


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