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 was a finalist in Houston Grand Opera’s Eleanor McCollum Competition in 2013 and 2014. In the summer of 2016, Mr. Moras was heard as Rodolfo in La bohème at the Aspen Music Festival. Of his performance, 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.”
Career highlights include singing alongside Plácido Domingo as a featured soloist in 2014’s When East Meets West with Plácido Domingo and in a recital for the YoungArts Organization this past October, singing the tenor solo in Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle under Maestro Domingo, and performing Pong in the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra’s Turandot under Maestro Gustavo Dudamel. In 2010, Rafael was a featured singer in the documentary HBO Masterclass with Plácido Domingo.
Moras 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. At LA Opera, Moras sang Flavio in LAO’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.
Rafael, a native of San Antonio, Texas, currently resides in Houston and was recipient of the Santa Fe Opera’s prestigious “Richard Tucker Fund” Award in 2017 and 2018. This past summer he completed his second year as an Santa Fe Opera apprentice, covering Pinkerton in Madame Butterfly and singing L'elisir d'amore's Nemorino in the 2018 Santa Fe Opera Apprentice Scenes Showcase. Rafael has performed around the world as a featured soloist with Grammy Award-winning jazz trumpeter Chris Botti.
This fall he takes to the stage as Remendado in Dallas Opera's Carmen and returns to Santa Fe Opera to sing in the company’s annual Winter Concert Tour.