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Tenor Rafael Moras is a member of LA Opera’s Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist Program. He was a Grand Finalist in the 2014 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, an Operalia 2014 quarterfinalist, and a 2013 and 2014 finalist in Houston Grand Opera’s Eleanor McCollum Competition. Career highlights include singing alongside Plácido Domingo as a featured soloist in 2014’s When East Meets West with Plácido Domingo in Beijing, singing the tenor solo in Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle under the baton of Maestro Domingo in 2015, and singing Pong in the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra’s production of Turandot with Maestro Gustavo Dudamel. He obtained his Bachelor of Music Degree at the University of Texas at San Antonio under Dr. Diana Allan and a Masters in Voice at Rice University under Dr. Stephen King. While at Rice, Moras sang Ferrando in Cosě fan tutte, Bonario in Volpone and Lurcanio in Ariodante. He has also performed the roles of Fenton, Tom Buchanan, and Rinuccio in Aspen Music Festival productions of Falstaff, The Great GatsbyGianni Schicchi, as well as Gonzalve and Pedrillo in Houston Symphony productions of L’heure espagnole and Die Entführung aus dem Serail. As a National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts YoungArts Winner and United States Presidential Scholar in the Arts, Rafael Moras was featured in the Plácido Domingo episode of HBO's documentary Masterclass. This past season, Moras sang Flavio in LA Opera’s production of Norma, covered Greenhorn in the company's Moby-Dick, and will sing Rodolfo in the Aspen Opera Theater's 2016 production of La bohčme.
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