About Rafael Moras
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An alumnus of University of Texas-San Antonio (UTSA) and LA Opera’s Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist Program, San Antonio native Rafael Moras obtained a Masters in Vocal Performance at Rice University's Shepherd School of Music. He is a 2019 Dallas Opera Guild Vocal Competition semifinalist; 2017 and 2018 recipient of The Santa Fe Opera's Richard Tucker Fund Award; 2014 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions Grand Finalist; and a 2013 and 2014 finalist in Houston Grand Opera's Eleanor McCollum Competition.
In 2016, Rafael was heard as Rodolfo in La bohème at the Aspen Music Festival. Of his performance, Opera News said “[Rafael Moras] escaped all of the tempting tenorial clichés to create a fully fleshed-out characterization. His singing remained warm and ingratiating, from low note to high, from first scene to last.”
In 2019-2020, debuts include Houston Grand Opera as Father Matías in the world premiere of El Milagro del Recuerdo; with Utah Opera as Alfredo in La traviata; with Sacramento Philharmonic & Opera as the Duke of Mantua in Rigoletto; and with Anima Mundi Productions as Gabrielito in the world premiere song cycle Dreams Have No Borders.About accompanist Rachel Chao
Taiwan native Rachel Chao has performed extensively as a solo and collaborative pianist in Taiwan, Canada and the United States. She has won prizes including the Taiwan National Piano Competition; Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) Competition; Phoenix Symphony Guild Young Musicians Competition; Sorel Medallion Piano Collaboration Competition; and Bradshaw & Buono International Piano Competition. Rachel has performed at Carnegie-Weill Recital Hall; the Chicago Cultural Center as part of the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series; and the Houston Hobby Center. She currently is a staff pianist for the voice program at the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University; on piano faculty at New Heart Music Ministries; and maintains a private studio in the Richmond, TX area. Rachel has collaborated with the Houston Grand Opera and An Orchestra Redefined — Mercury Chamber Orchestra, and frequently collaborates with the Houston Ballet--most recently for the New York City tour on Reflections and its 50th Anniversary Gala. She previously taught at California State University, Bakersfield; served on piano faculty at Camp Encore-Coda in Sweden, Maine; and was the pianist for Houston Masterworks Chorus for six seasons. Rachel studied with Walter Cosand at Arizona State University for her bachelor’s degree in music, and with Alan Chow at Northwestern University for her master’s degree and doctorate of music in piano performance.