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Rafael Dávila, Tenor


Tenor Rafael Davila made his role debut as Otello with the Sarasota Opera in the 2011-2012 season. Also in that same season, he will made his Washington National Opera Debut as Pollione in Norma, his debut in Bilbao ABAO as Ismaele in Nabucco, and returned to Sarasota for Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly.

In the 2010-2011 season Mr. Davila returned to the Lyric Opera of Kansas City for Pollione, made his Amsterdam debut as Rodolfo in La bohème with the Reisoper, and returned to Sarasota Opera for the role of Oronte in Verdi’s I Lombardi.

The 2009-2010 season began with his debut with the Lyric Opera of Kansas City as Cavaradossi in Tosca followed by his Palm Beach Opera debut as Don Jose in Carmen, and Carlo VII in Giovanna D’Arco for Sarasota.  Mr. Davila has also toured with Teatro Lirico D’Europa singing the roles of Don Jose in Carmen and Alfredo in La Traviata.

He performed the role of Calaf in Turandot with Di Capo Opera in New York, for which he returned the next year and sang the Duke of Mantua in Rigoletto, and with Connecticut Grand Opera.  In 2003 he made his Italian debut at the Teatro San Carlo in Naples as Riccardo in Verdi’s Un ballo in Maschera. The next year he made his debut with the New Zealand Opera, where he appeared as Don Jose in Carmen and Alfredo in La Traviata. That same year he made his debut with the Sarasota Opera, where he sang the title role in Werther, becoming the company’s favorite tenor and returning for eight consecutive seasons to perform the roles of Canio in Pagliacci, Turiddu in Cavalleria Rusticana, and Cavaradossi in Tosca. For their world-renowned Verdi cycle, he has performed Foresto in Attila, the Duke of Mantua in Rigoletto, Carlo VII in Giovanna D’Arco and Oronte in I Lombardi.

For Opera de Puerto Rico Mr. Davila has sung the roles of Pinkerton in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor, Alfredo in La Traviata, and Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi. For the Fundacion de Zarzuela y Opereta de Puerto Rico he sang the role of Alfredo in Strauss’ Die Fledermaus, Camille in The Merry Widow as well as Leonardo in the Cuban zarzuela Cecilia Valdés and Javier in Luisa Fernanda.

He created the role of Ignacio in the opera Time and Again and performed the world premiere of Barelas with the New Mexico Symphony under Guillermo Figueroa. Mr. Davila has also appeared with L'Opéra du Montréal, National Lyric Opera of New York, San Antonio Opera, Opera Tampa, Austin Lyric Opera, Fort Worth Opera and Opera Roanoke.