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…. 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. Next season he returns to Washing for his debut as Dion Carlo followed by his debut in Barcelona as Renato de Grieux in Manon Lescaut.