Rafael Moras
(He/Him) Tenor Rafael Moras recently made his Seattle Opera debut as Tariq in the critically-acclaimed world premiere A Thousand Splendid Suns and is a former LA Opera Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist and Santa Fe Opera Apprentice. He is a Richard Tucker Fund Award recipient and Laffont Competition Grand Finalist. Past Highlights include Don José in the directorial debut of Denyce Graves Carmen at Minnesota Opera, Father Matías in the world premiere of El Milagro del Recuerdo at Houston Grand Opera and Alfredo in La traviata at Utah Opera.
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Rafael Moras

​A graduate of LA Opera’s Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist Program and The Santa Fe Opera’s Apprentice Program for Singers, tenor Rafael Moras recently made his Seattle Opera debut as Tariq in the critically-acclaimed world premiere A Thousand Splendid Suns and made his Minnesota Opera debut a Don José in Carmen, the directorial debut of acclaimed mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves, this past Spring. Rafael’s 2022-2023 includes debuts with Annapolis Opera as Rodolfo in La bohème, continued performances around the globe with Grammy Award-winning jazz trumpeter Chris Botti, returns to Houston Grand Opera for a reprise of Father Matías in El Milagro del Recuerdo and to sing Zweite Jude in Salome, a recital with Bethany Self in support of the Metropolitan Opera Laffont Competition’s Houston District, and a return to the Houston Symphony stage as the featured vocal soloist in Fiesta Sinfónica.  Prior highlights include debuts with Houston Grand Opera and Arizona Opera as Father Matías in the world premiere production of El Milagro del Recuerdo, Utah Opera and Holy City Arts & Lyric Opera as Alfredo in La traviata, and Sacramento Philharmonic & Opera as the Duke in Rigoletto. Rafael has performed as a featured soloist with the LA Philharmonic, Houston Symphony, Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela, San Antonio Symphony, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Fort Worth Opera, Austin Opera, and as a featured opera singer soloist in the Chris Botti in Concert worldwide tour. Of Rafael's Rodolfo in La bohème at the Aspen Music Festival, Opera News wrote “[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.”  Rafael is a 2017 and 2018 recipient of The Santa Fe Opera's Richard Tucker Fund Award, a 2014 Metropolitan Opera Eric and Dominique Laffont Competition Grand Finalist, 2014 Operalia Quarter Finalist, and a 2013 and 2014 Eleanor McCollum Vocal Competition 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 (since rescheduled for 2021), a house debut with Opera Philadelphia as Malcom in Macbeth, continued touring around the world as a featured opera singer 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 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 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. 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 LA Phil’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 is a 2006 YoungArts Silver Medal Award Winner in Classical Voice and 2006 United States Presidential Scholar in the Arts.

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