Rafael Davila, Tenor

Holiday Lights, 2020/2021


A recent recipient of Operawire’s Artist of the Week mention, tenor Rafael Davila has enjoyed for the past decades an important international career that has taken him to the stages of renowned Opera Houses around the world including; The Metropolitan Opera of NY, Barcelona’s Gran Teatre del Liceu, San Francisco Opera, Teatro San Carlo in Italy, Lyric Opera of Chicago, the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, Leipzig Opera, Holland’s Reisopera, and the Macerata Festival in Italy.

His vast repertory includes signature leading tenor roles in the operas, Aida, Un Ballo in Maschera, Carmen, Cavalleria rusticana, Don Carlo, La Fanciulla del West, La Forza del Destino, Madama Butterfly, Manon Lescaut, Norma, Otello, I Pagliacci, Tosca, Il Trovatore and Turandot, among others.

Next year Rafael returns to the Metropolitan Opera to reprise the role of Don Jose in Carmen with which he made his debut at this important house in 2017, as well as to sing the leading tenor role of Ismaele in Verdi’s Nabucco. Other future plans include Tosca and Otello for Opera Colorado, Cavalleria Rusticana for Opera de Puerto Rico, Verdi’s Requiem with Santa Fe Symphony and the premiere of Guidobaldi’s Eva Luna in Puerto Rico.

His Don Jose has also been heard in Minnesota, Miami, New Orleans, Washington, DC, Palm Beach, Kansas City and New Zealand. His Mario Cavaradossi in Puccini’s Tosca has been heard in Sarasota, San Antonio, Leipzig, Puerto Rico, Arizona, Minnesota, Miami and Los Angeles.

He has performed Radames in Verdi’s Aida in Canada and Spain, and his impressive Pollione in Bellini’s Norma has been heard in Kansas City and at the Kennedy Center in Washington.