An alumnus of LA Opera’s Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist Program and The Santa Fe Opera’s Apprentice Program for Singers, tenor Rafael Moras is a 2019 Dallas Opera Guild Vocal Competition semifinalist, a 2017 and 2018 recipient of The Santa Fe Opera's Richard Tucker Fund Award, a 2014 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions Grand Finalist, 2014 Operalia quarterfinalist, and a 2013 and 2014 finalist in Houston Grand Opera's Eleanor McCollum Competition.
Rafael’s 2021-2022 is so far set to include company debuts as Don José (Red Cast) with Minnesota Opera in Carmen, Alfredo in La traviata with Holy City Arts & Lyric Opera, Father Matías in El Milagro del Recuerdo with Arizona Opera, Rodolfo in La bohème with Annapolis Opera, a return to the San Antonio Symphony as the Tenor Soloist in Handel’s Messiah, continued performances as a tenor soloist in Grammy Award-winning jazz trumpeter Chris Botti's An Evening with Chris Botti global tour, and Entre Amigos, an all-star concert in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month with Forth Worth Opera.
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 as a soloist in Grammy Award-winner Chris Botti's international "Neverending Tour,” 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".
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.”
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.
Alfredo in La traviata,
2019 Dana Sohm for Utah Opera