Raphael completed his Bachelor of Music under Full Merit Scholarship at the University of Melbourne and has worked with companies such as Opera Australia, Victorian Opera, Manhattan Opera Studio, Lyric Opera of Melbourne, Citi Opera, XL Arts, Australian International Opera Company, More Than Opera, Gertrude Opera, Oxagen Productions, Babirra Music Theatre, OSMAD and Union House Theatre, across Australia, the USA and China.
Raphael was an opera scholar with Australian Music Events, and a member of The Opera Studio Melbourne, before making his operatic principal debut as Top in Lyric Opera of Melbourne’s The Tender Land in 2014.
2016 proved to be a breakout year for Raphael. Runner up in the National Liederfest, a finalist in the Herald Sun Aria Competition, and received a Green Room Nomination for his role as the Musiklehrer in Citi Opera’s Ariadne auf Naxos.
Principal credits include; The King, The Sleeping Beauty; Musiklehrer, Ariadne auf Naxos; Filiberto, Il Signor Bruschino; Silvano, Un ballo in maschera; Carter, Our Man in Havana; Colas, Bastien and Bastienne; Boy 2, Trouble in Tahiti; St. Ignatius, Four Saints in Three Acts; Lun Tha, The King and I; Papageno, The Magic Flute; Tiridate, Radamisto; Dottore Grenvil/Marchese, La Traviata; Caspar, Play of Herod; The Footman, Cinderella; Feuilly, Les Miserablés; Sweeney Todd, Sweeney Todd; Nicely Nicely Johnson, Guys and Dolls; Samuel, The Three Sisters who are not Sisters.
Raphael has been a chorus member with Opera Australia and Victorian Opera since 2011.
Raphael is also a vocal, piano and cello teacher, and a past music director with Oxagen Productions.
Music director credits include; Songs for a new world and Little Women.
He was awarded the Lyrebird Award for ‘Best Male Performer in a Musical Theatre Variety’ for 2014.
2017 engagements; The King, The Sleeping Beauty, Victorian Opera; Baritone Soloist, Sanctuary, Ten Days on the Island Festival, Tasmania; Tamino/Papageno swing, The Magic Flute, Opera Australia Schools Company.