A recent alumnus of Los Angeles Opera’s Domingo-Coburn Stein Young Artist Program, tenor Rafael Moras
has received recognition from major competitions and critics alike. He was a 2014 Grand Finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, a 2014 Operalia quarterfinalist, and was a finalist in Houston Grand Opera’s Eleanor McCollum Competition in 2013 and 2014. Of his performance as Rodolfo in La bohème
at the Aspen Music Festival, Opera News said that “the strongest voice and deepest acting chops belonged to the Rodolfo of Rafael Moras…[who] 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.” In the current season, Mr. Moras made his debut with The Dallas Opera as Remendado in Carmen
, joined Plácido Domingo for a gala performance in California, continues his long relationship with jazz trumpeter Chris Botti, with whom he has performed on four continents, and makes his debut as the Duke in Rigoletto
under the baton of Michael Christie with the Sacramento Philharmonic Orchestra. In the coming 2019-2020 season, Mr. Moras makes his role and company debut as Alfredo in La traviata
with Utah Opera, and makes his company debut with Houston Grand Opera in the world premiere of El Milagro del Recuerdo
. Additionally, he will be featured in recital in his hometown of San Antonio, Texas under the auspices of the Tuesday Musical Club. Recently, Mr. Moras finished his second summer as a member of The Santa Fe Opera Apprentice Program, where he was heard as Nemorino from L’elisir d’amore
in the Apprentice Scene Showcase. In both summers, Mr. Moras was awarded the Richard Tucker Award for his work in the program.
Career highlights include singing alongside Plácido Domingo as a featured soloist in 2014’s When East Meets West with Plácido Domingo, the tenor solo in Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle under Maestro Domingo, and Pong in the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra’s Turandot under Maestro Gustavo Dudamel. He obtained his Bachelor of Music Degree at the University of Texas at San Antonio and a Masters in Voice at Rice University. He has performed the roles of Fenton, Tom Buchanan, and Rinuccio in the Aspen Music Festival’s Falstaff, The Great Gatsby, and Gianni Schicchi, as well as Gonzalve and Pedrillo in Houston Symphony productions of L’heure espagnole and Die Entführung aus dem Serail. This past season, Moras sang Flavio in LA Opera’s production of Norma, covered Greenhorn in LAO’s Moby-Dick, and performed the tenor solo in Beethoven’s Choral Fantasia with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl under the leadership of Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla.