Tenor RAFAEL DAVILA OPENS THE METROPOLITAN OPERA CARMEN as DON JOSE on January 19th, 2017. The performance was an absolute success. NY Times: “He put in a robust and hot-blooded performance, undaunted by the house or the circumstances.Yes, there was a bit of an improvised flavor to some of Mr. Davila’s appearances, and he twice struggled to make sense of props. But vocally, he put in a robust and hot-blooded performance, undaunted by the house or the circumstances. Mr. Davila showed off a burly, dark-hued tenor. He was especially convincing in his character’s impetuous and anguished utterances, which he emphasized with an appealing plangent ping. For Mr. Davila, Thursday’s star turn could prove just a one-night stand, should Mr. Álvarez rally. But judging from the audience’s reaction, Mr. Davila will return, with his name printed in the program.