Puerto Rican baritone Rafael Luquis began his studies at the Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico obtaining a Bachelor degree in Music, majoring in Voice, also winning the Voice Medal at commencement.
In the Opera Workshop at the Conservatory, Mr. Luquis sang two major roles: Paolino in Cimarosa’s Il matrimonio segreto and Fritz from Mascagni’s L’amico Fritz. Mr. Luquis also had the opportunity to sing in several Masterclasses with renowned singers and coaches including bass-baritone Justino Díaz and Antonio Barasorda. He continued his studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign obtaining his Master degree in Music and Voice Performance and Literature. At the University Opera Department, Mr. Luquis also did to major roles Alfredo in Verdi’s La traviata and Paco from de Falla’s La vida breve Afterwards he joined the Studio Artist with the Florentine Opera in Milwaukee, WI; with Florentine Opera he was part of the outreach program doing two roles Geppetto and Cat in Davis’ Pinocchio, a 70 shows run. In Florentine Opera, Mr. Luquis was able to do his professional debut as Armor Man and Priest in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte.
Since then Rafael has been doing solo, choral and operatic works. In the last few years Mr. Luquis has made changes and tackled a new repertoire in which he has two roles with Château de la Voix , Chato from Torrejón’s La purpura de la rosa and Aronte from Lully’s Armide. Also with Nuova Aurora Opera he did multiple roles in Purcell’s King Arthur, they were Aeolus, First Saxon Priest, and Sylvan.