(Carolina, Puerto Rico)
2019–20 Season: Chevalier des Grieux, Manon Lescaut
Tenor Rafael Davila makes his San Francisco Opera debut this fall as Chevalier des Grieux in Manon Lescaut, a role he first performed for Opera de Valencia in Spain under the baton of Maestro Plácido Domingo and repeated in 2018 for his house debut at Barcelona’s Gran Teatre del Liceu. Other important debuts include Don José in Carmen with the Metropolitan Opera; the premiere of Bel Canto with Chicago Lyric Opera; Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci for Sarasota Opera, Teatro San Carlo in Naples and the Macerata Festival; and Don Carlo, Carmen, Norma and La Forza del Destino for Washington National Opera. Career highlights include the title role of Verdi’s Otello for Sarasota Opera and Teatro de la Opera in Puerto Rico; Radames in Aida for Opera de Valencia and Manitoba Opera in Canada; Dick Johnson in La Fanciulla del West for Michigan Opera and Minnesota Opera; Manrico in Il Trovatore for Opera New Jersey and Lyric Opera of Kansas City; Riccardo in Un Ballo in Maschera for Teatro San Carlo and Florida Grand Opera; and Calaf in Turandot for Opera de Puerto Rico, Connecticut Grand Opera, and New York Lyric Opera. His Don José has also been heard in Minnesota, Miami, Kansas City, and in New Zealand. This season he makes his house debuts with Opera Colorado and Opera San Antonio as Mario Cavaradossi in Tosca, a role he has also sung in Kansas City, Sarasota, Miami, San Juan, and Leipzig.