The Brazilian-American bass-baritone Rafael Porto is a recent graduate of the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University where he began to hone his craft in the early stages of this career. As a result, he has been honored as an advanced participant by the Metropolitan Opera National Council auditions twice, the National Orpheus Vocal Competition, National Society of Arts and Letters, Classical Singer Competition, the Eleanor McCollum Competition and the Montefeltro Music Festival Scholarship in addition to several academic Fellowships.
Mr. Porto made his professional debut with Indianapolis Opera as the Commissioner in Madama Butterfly and later returned as Billy Jackrabbit/Castro in La fanciulla del West. In the fall of 2016 he was again reengaged with the company to sing the role of Don Basilio in Il barbiere di Siviglia. During this season, Mr. Porto returns to Indianapolis Opera in Man of La Mancha and travels to Nashville Opera in the fall of 2017 to sing the role of the Sacristan and Jailer in Tosca. He joins Florida Grand Opera as a Young Artist in the 2017-18 season.
His other operatic repertoire includes: Fabrizio in La gazza ladra, Colline (La bohème) as covers with The Glimmerglass Festival; Dr. Bartolo (Il barbiere di Siviglia), Sarastro (Die Zauberflöte), Musfafà (L’italiana in Algeri) with Indiana University Opera Theater; Dulcamara (L’elisir d’amore), Dr. Bartolo (Le nozze di Figaro), Norton (La cambiale di matrimonio) with the Montefeltro Music Festival; the title role (Gianni Schicchi), Sir Joseph Porter (HMS Pinafore), Frank (Die Fledermaus) and the Sprecher (Die Zauberflöte) with Butler Opera Theater.
On the concert stage Rafael Porto has been guest soloist in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9; Mozart’s Requiem, Bach’s St. John Passion, P.Q. Phang’s A Vietnamese Requiem, Mozart’s Regina coeli, Mendelssohn’s Die erste Walpurgisnacht and Elijah; and Vaughn Williams’ Serenade to Music.
He has worked under the baton of Emanuele Andrizzi, Marzio Conti, David Effron, Arthur Fagen, Raymond Leppard, Paul Nadler, Joseph Rescigno and Alberto Zedda; and has worked with directors Chris Alexander, Garnett Bruce, Candace Evans, John Hoomes, Peter Kazaras and Julia Pevzner.
Rafael Porto holds an M.Music in Vocal Performance from Indiana University and a B.Music in Vocal Performance from Butler University. Mr. Porto received further professional training at The Glimmerglass Festival and the Montefeltro Festival in Italy.
More on Rafael Port at: http://www.rafaelwporto.com