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Midday Edition: Tenor Rene Barbera

September 17, 2015 10:24 a.m.

GUESTS:
Rene Barbera, tenor
Nicolas Reveles, San Diego Opera's Director of Education and Community Engagement
Beth Accomando, KPBS Arts Reporter

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Transcript:

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HOST INTRO: Rene Barbera is one of the most exciting tenors on the opera scene today. At Placido Domingo’s Operalia 2011, he was awarded First Prize for Opera, First Prize for Zarzuela, and the Audience Prize – making him the first artist to be the sole recipient of all three awards since the competition began. This Saturday San Diego Opera is presenting Barbera in a solo recital at the Balboa Theater. KPBS arts reporter Beth Accomando had the rare opportunity of getting to sit down with Barbera at the home of San Diego Opera’s Nicholas Reveles to hear him sing and to talk about his career.

TAG: Rene Barbera in Recital takes place Saturday at 7pm at the Balboa Theater. San Diego Opera has just opened up $15 balcony seats for the performance. You can download Beth’s full interview with Babera tomorrow on her KPBS Cinema Junkie podcast. And special thanks to Kurt Kohnen for his expertise in the recording of the interviews and performance.