An alumnus of Los Angeles Opera’s Domingo-Colburn-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 a 2013 and 2014 finalist in Houston Grand Opera’s Eleanor McCollum Competition. In 2016, Mr. Moras 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.” Career highlights include singing alongside Plácido Domingo as a soloist in 2014’s When East Meets West with Plácido Domingo and YoungArts Pop of Culture, the tenor solo in Petite Messe Solennelle under Maestro Domingo, and Pong in the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra’s Turandot under Maestro Gustavo Dudamel. Rafael was a featured singer in the 2010 documentary HBO Masterclass with Plácido Domingo, has toured around the world as a featured soloist with Grammy Award-winning jazz trumpeter Chris Botti, and was recently heard as Remendado in Dallas Opera’s Carmen. Rafael is an alumnus of Santa Fe Opera’s Apprentice Singer Program and a recipient of the company’s Richard Tucker Fund Award. He returns there this December to sing as a soloist in the 2018 Santa Fe Opera Winter Tour.