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Rafael Davila


This year Rafael Dávila made his debut at the Washington National Opera as Pollione in Norma opposite Angela Meade and Dolora Zajick, as well as Radames in Aida for Manitoba Opera in Canada. Last year he made his debut in the title role of Verdi's Otello for Sarasota Opera and as Manrico in Il Trovatore for Opera New Jersey and Kansas City Opera. 2012 also marked his debut in Spain in Nabucco with Opera de Bilbao and he reprised the role of Calaf in Turandot for Opera de Puerto Rico.

Abroad Rafael made his Italian debut at the Teatro San Carlo in Naples in the title role of Verdi's Gustavo III (Riccardo in Un ballo in Maschera) and as Rodolfo in Puccini's La Boheme for the Netherlands Reisopera. For the New Zealand Opera he appeared as Don Jose in Carmen and Alfredo in La Traviata. He made his debut as Calaf in Puccini's Turandot for Connecticut Grand Opera, a role he also sang for the National Lyric Opera of New York, and the premiere of the opera Time and Again Barelas with the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra. His repertory also includes the leading tenor roles in the operas; I Pagliacci, Cavalleria Rusticana, Werther, Tosca, Madama Butterfly, Gianni Schicchi, Lucia di Lamermoor, Rigoletto, Attila, Giovanna D'Arco and I Lombardi

His concert experience includes Verdi's Requiem, Rossini's Stabat Mater, Bach's Magnificat, Mahler's Das Lied von der Erde, Beethoven's  Ninth Symphony (for the prestigious Casals' Festival), Mozart's Coronation Mass with soprano June Anderson and in Estevez' Cantanta Criolla which he performed with The Seattle Symphony Orchestra under Maestro Gerard Schwarz.

Mr. Davila has also appeared with L'Opéra du Montréal, Palm Beach Opera, Los Angeles Opera, San Antonio Opera, Opera Tampa, Austin Lyric Opera, Teatro de la Opera and Fort Worth Opera, among others. Future plans include his debut as Des Grieux in Puccini's Manon Lescaut under Maestro Plácido Domingo's baton in Valencia, Spain; and his debut in Miami for Florida Grand Opera's Tosca as Mario Cavaradossi.


October 2013


Rafael Davila