Tenor Rafael Moras is a graduate of LA Opera’s Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist Program and The Santa Fe Opera’s Apprentice Program, and recently made his Minnesota Opera debut as Don José (Red Cast) in Carmen, directed by Denyce Graves under the baton of Elias Grandy. Prior highlights include debuts with Houston Grand Opera as Father Matías in the world premiere of El Milagro del Recuerdo, Utah Opera as Alfredo in La traviata, and Sacramento Philharmonic & Opera as the Duke in Rigoletto. Rafael recently made company debuts with Arizona Opera as Father Matías in El Milagro del Recuerdo and Holy City Arts & Lyric Opera as Alfredo in La traviata prior to debuting at Minnesota Opera as Don José in Carmen. In 2022-2023, he will make house debuts with Seattle Opera in the world premiere A Thousand Splendid Suns and with Annapolis Opera as Rodolfo in La bohème. He will also return to the Houston Grand Opera stage for a reprise of Father Matías in El Milagro del recuerdo and to sing Second Jew in Salome. Rafael has performed as a featured soloist alongside the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Houston Symphony, San Antonio Symphony, Fort Worth Opera, Austin Opera (forthcomingly), and with Grammy Award-winner jazz trumpeter Chris Botti as part of the Chris Botti in Concert global tour, with whom he will continue performing in the months ahead. Rafael is a 2017 and 2018 recipient of The Santa Fe Opera's Richard Tucker Fund Award, 2013 and 2014 Eleanor McCollum Vocal Competition Finalist, and a 2014 Metropolitan Opera Eric and Dominique Laffont Competition Grand Finalist.