The young tenor and Samling foundation scholar studied singing at The Guildhall School of Music in London and the Flemish Opera Young Artists Program Studio, also attending master classes with, Graham Clark and the team of the Samling foundation. Rafael has studied singing under: Pamela Cook, Adrian Thompson, Sue McCullock, Paul Farrington, José Sempere, Axel Everaert and to this date Gemma Visser.
He has performed the roles of Riccardo/Un ballo in Maschera, Manrico/Il Trovatore , Rodolfo/La Boheme, Macduff/Macbeth, Duca/Rigoletto, Pollione/Norma, Malcolm/McBeth, Xerxes/Xerxes, Wilhem Meister/Mignon, Gonsalve/L’heure espagnole, Don Jose/Carmen, Ferrando/Cosi fan tutte, Nemorino/L’elisir d’amore and Tamino/ Die Zaüberflute as well as the Verdi Requiem and Rossini’s Messe Solenelle. Rafael has also performed opera highlights as: Fritz/L’Amico Fritz, Cavaradossi/Tosca, , Tebaldo/I Capuletti e I Montecchi, as well as countless lyric concerts around the globe.
His later roles have been Orlando /Orlando Paladino in a tour around Croatia, Austria and Italy. Tamino/ Die Zaüberflute in Almería/Spain, “Chevalier des Grieux” in Massenet’s Manon with Opera Zuid production in the Netherlands, Rodolfo in La Boheme and Riccardo in Un Ballo in Maschera for Theater Hagen in Germany, Manrico in “Il Trovatore” for Burry Port Opera in Wales, Rodolfo in la Boheme in Ibiza/Spain, Duca in Rigoletto for Clonter Opera U.K, Macduff in Macbeth in Bergem/Norway , Malcolm in MacBeth in the Concertgebouw Amsterdam and Pollione in Norma in Monnickendam/Netherlands.
After a series of concerts in Spain with Maestro José Sempere the OJPA Orchestra and Murcia´s symphonic orchestra directed by Maestro Francisco Maestre and the Mozart´s Requiem, Rafael is currently engaged by Purpur in a European tour of Haydn´s Orlando Paladino, that will last until September 2014.
After performing at the “Concierto de Europa” in the ADDA Alicante on the 9th of May this year, Rafael’s future plans include Nemorino in L’Elisir D’Amore in New Zealand.