Rafael Moras, originally from San Antonio, Texas, was a national finalist in the 2014 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. He is a student of Dr. Stephen King earning a Masters in Voice at Rice University in Houston. He obtained his Bachelor of Music Degree at the University of Texas at San Antonio under Dr. Diana Allan. He is a National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts Young ARTS Winner, United States Presidential Scholar in the Arts, and was a finalist in the Houston Grand Opera’s 2013 and 2014 Eleanor McCollum Competition for Young Singers. Rafael was a featured singer in the NFAA-sponsored documentary Masterclass with Plácido Domingo, and sang Ferrando in Rice University’s 2011 Così fan tutte, Gonzalve in the Houston Symphony’s 2011 L’heure espagnole, Roméo/Rodolfo in Rice University’s Romance X 3 Gala, and Bonario and Lurcanio in Rice’s Volpone and Ariodante. In 2011-13 he performed the roles of Fenton, Tom Buchanan, and Rinuccio in the Aspen Music Festival and School’s productions of Falstaff, The Great Gatsby and Gianni Schicchi.