Brazilian bass-baritone Rafael Porto made his Lincoln Center debut in 2018 performing in Verdi’s La Traviata with the Philharmonia Orchestra of New York. Additionally, he has sung with Florida Grand Opera; the Glimmerglass, Indianapolis, and Nashville opera companies; and Northern Lights Festival Opera. He has worked with leading conductors including Emanuele Andrizzi, Timothy Myers, David Effron, Arthur Fagen, Raymond Leppard, Paul Nadler, Joseph Rescigno, Carl St. Clair, Ramón Tebar, Dean Williamson, and Alberto Zedda.
Recent operatic roles include Dr. Bartolo and Don Basilio (Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia), Johann (Massenet’s Werther), Luther and Crespel (Offenbach’s The Tales of Hoffmann), Sacristan and Jailer (Puccini’s Tosca), Commissioner (Puccini’s Madama Butterfly), Capitán (Daniel Catán’s Florencia en el Amazonas), First Nazarene (R. Strauss’s Salome), Sarastro (Mozart’s The Magic Flute), Dulcamara (Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore), Dr. Bartolo (Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro), Norton (Rossini’s La cambiale di matrimonio), the title role of Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi), , and Grandpa Moss (Copland’s The Tender Land).
In concert he has been soloist in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, Haydn’s The Creation, Mozart’s Requiem and Regina coeli, J.S. Bach’s St. John Passion, P.Q. Phang’s A Vietnamese Requiem, Mendelssohn’s Die erste Walpurgisnacht and Elijah, as well as Vaughan Williams’s Serenade to Music.
Rafael Porto holds a bachelor’s degree from Butler University and master’s from Indiana University,and also trained at the Glimmerglass Festival, and La Musica Lirica in Italy. He was named a Grand Prize winner of the National Orpheus Vocal Competition in 2016. Mr. Porto is currently a member of the Florida Grand Opera Studio Artist Program.