Tenor Rafael Davila has quickly risen to be one of the most sought after tenors of his generation.. In the 2012-13 season he made a successful Washington National Opera debut as Pollione in Norma, sang his first Radames with Opera Manitoba, and performed Manrico with Lyric Opera of Kansas City. In concert he performed the Verdi Requiem with the Evansville Philharmonic. Upcoming engagements include his debut with Opera de Valencia as De Grieux in Manon Lescaut, his debut with the Florida Grand Opera as Cavaradossi and his return to Washington Opera as Don Alvaro in La Forza del Destino. Future engagements include his debut with Lyric Opera of Chicago, a return to Washington for Don Jose in Carmen, and his debut with Oper Leipzig as Cavaradossi and the Minnesota Opera as Dick Johnson in La Fanciulla del West.
Recent engagements for tenor Rafael Davila included his role debut as Otello with the Sarasota Opera, his debut in Bilbao ABAO as Ismaele in Nabucco, a return to Palm Beach Opera and Sarasota for Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly, and his debut as Manrico in Trovatore for Opera New Jersey, Pollione in Bellini’s Norma for the Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Rodolfo in La Bohème with the Reisoper in Amsterdam, Oronte in Verdi’s I Lombardi for Sarasota Opera, his debut with the Lyric Opera of Kansas City as Cavaradossi in Puccini's Tosca followed by his Palm Beach Opera debut as Don Jose in Carmen, and Carlo VII in Giovanna D’Arco for Sarasota Opera. 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. 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 Massenet’s 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, and the title role of Otello.
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, and Fort Worth Opera.
His concert experience includes Verdi’s Messa da Requiem for PBS, Berlioz’s Beatrice et Benedict, Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde, and Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra. He sang Mozart’s Coronation Mass with soprano June Anderson, and Estevez’s Cantanta Criolla with The Seattle Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Gerard Schwarz. Other works in his repertoire include Rossini’s Stabat Mater, Mozart’s Requiem, Handel’s Messiah, Bach’s Magnificat, Charpentier’s Messe de Minuit pour Noel and Magnificat, Misa Criolla and Navidad Nuestra by Ariel Ramírez, and the world premieres of Misa Jíbara by Nicolás Aponte and Anglican Requiem by Ignacio Morales Nieva. His recording of Misa Criolla was nominated for a Grammy Award.