Brazilian bass-baritone Rafael Porto most recently performed at the internationally renowned Glimmerglass Festival in their productions of La Boheme and the American premiere of Rossini’s La Gazza Ladra. As a concert soloist, Porto recently sang Beethoven’s 9th Symphony under the baton of Carl St. Clair to a sold out audience and Mozart’s Requiem. An alumnus of the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, he performed five roles with IU Opera Theater during his masters including Bartolo in Rossini’s Barber of Seville & Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro, Mustafa in Rossini’s The Italian Girl in Algiers, and created the lead male role of Su Cu in the world premiere production of the Vietnamese-American opera The Tale of Lady Thi Kinh. Porto has studied with Timothy Noble, François Loup, Thomas Studebaker, Mark Gilgallon in addition to receiving guidance from Mary Anne Spangler Scott. He has sung over twenty different roles in the past six years. This marks his sixth production with Indianapolis Opera, where he has been seen as Jose Castro & Billy Jackrabbit in La Fanciulla del West, and the Imperial Commissioner in Madama Butterfly among other roles. He has worked with artists including Alberto Zedda, Joseph Rescigno, Paul Nadler, Arthur Fagen, and David Effron, Candace Evans, E. Loren Meeker, Peter Kazaras, Garnett Bruce, Chris Alexander, Kevin Murphy, Michael Heaston, and Ubaldo Fabbri. Porto is a regional finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, Grand Prize Winner of the National Orpheus Vocal Competition, Georgina Joshi International Fellowship, and Wilfred C. Bain Opera Fellowship. He has performed together with some of the world’s leading singers such as Rachele Gilmore, Musa Ngqungwana, and Jay Hunter Morris.