Tenor Rafael Moras recently made his Minnesota Opera debut as Don José in Carmen. Past Highlights include Father Matías in the world premiere El Milagro del Recuerdo at Houston Grand Opera and Alfredo in La traviata at Utah Opera. He will make his Seattle Opera debut in the world premiere A Thousand Splendid Suns. Rafael was an LA Opera Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist and Santa Fe Opera Apprentice, and is a Richard Tucker Fund Award recipient and Laffont Competition Grand Finalist.
Tenor Rafael Moras recently made his Minnesota Opera debut as Don José (Red Cast) in Carmen, directed by Denyce Graves under the baton of Elias Grandy. Past highlights include debuts with Houston Grand Opera as Father Matías in the world premiere of El Milagro del Recuerdo, Utah Opera as Alfredo in La traviata, and Sacramento Philharmonic & Opera as the Duke in Rigoletto. Rafael recently made company debuts with Arizona Opera as Father Matías in El Milagro del Recuerdo and Holy City Arts & Lyric Opera as Alfredo in La traviata prior to debuting at Minnesota Opera as Don José in Carmen. In 2022-2023, he will make house debuts with Seattle Opera in the world premiere A Thousand Splendid Suns and with Annapolis Opera as Rodolfo in La bohème. He will also return to the Houston Grand Opera stage for a reprise of Father Matías in El Milagro del recuerdo and to sing Second Jew in Salome. Rafael has performed as a featured soloist alongside the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Houston Symphony, San Antonio Symphony, Fort Worth Opera, Austin Opera (forthcomingly), and with Grammy Award-winner jazz trumpeter Chris Botti as part of the Chris Botti in Concert global tour, with whom he will continue performing in the months ahead. He is a graduate of LA Opera’s Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist Program and The Santa Fe Opera’s Apprentice Program. Rafael is a 2017 and 2018 recipient of The Santa Fe Opera's Richard Tucker Fund Award, 2013 and 2014 Eleanor McCollum Vocal Competition Finalist, and a 2014 Metropolitan Opera Eric and Dominique Laffont Competition Grand Finalist.
Prior to cancellations in the wake of COVID-19, Rafael’s 2020-2021 was to include a company debut with Arizona Opera as Father Matías in El Milagro del Recuerdo (rescheduled for 2021), a house debut with Opera Philadelphia as Malcom in Macbeth, continued touring around the world as a soloist in Grammy Award-winner Chris Botti's Chris Botti in Concert, and a return to the Houston Symphony as the Tenor I Soloist in Beethoven's Choral Fantasy under the leadership of Fabien Gabel for "Beethoven + López".
Rafael's 2019-2020 featured company debuts with Houston Grand Opera as Father Matías in the world premiere of El Milagro del Recuerdo, with Utah Opera as Alfredo in La traviata, and with Sacramento Philharmonic & Opera as the Duke of Mantua in Rigoletto. In February 2020, Rafael was featured in recital with pianist Rachel Chao in his native San Antonio, Texas, as part of the Tuesday Musical Club's 2019-2020 Artist Series.
2018-2019 included a company debut with Dallas Opera as Remendado in Carmen, Nemorino from L’elisir d’amore in Santa Fe Opera's Apprentice Scene Showcase, YoungArts' "Pop of Culture with Plácido Domingo", Lyric Opera of Chicago - Lyric Unlimited's "Caribe Clásico", and a return to Santa Fe for "The Santa Fe Opera Winter Concert Tour".
In 2016, Rafael was heard as Rodolfo in La bohème at the Aspen Music Festival. Of his performance, Opera News said “[Rafael Moras] escaped all of the tempting tenorial clichés to create a fully fleshed-out characterization. His singing remained warm and ingratiating, from low note to high, from first scene to last.”
Other past highlights include Flavio in LA Opera’s Norma, Pong in Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra's Turandot under Gustavo Dudamel, Pedrillo in Houston Symphony’s Die Entführung aus rem Serail, and the tenor soloist in Los Angeles Philharmonic’s Beethoven Choral Fantasia under Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla and in LA Opera's Petite messe solennelle under Plácido Domingo.
Rafael obtained his Bachelor of Music Degree at The University of Texas at San Antonio and a Masters in Vocal Performance at Rice University's Shepherd School of Music. Rafael was a featured singer in the 2010 HBO documentary "Masterclass with Plácido Domingo," was part of the inaugural class of the Young Artist Vocal Academy with Houston Grand Opera, and trained as a Studio Artist at Wolf Trap Opera.