The Austrian baritone, Rafael Fingerlos, was born in Tamsweg (Salzburg) and grew up in Mariapfarr in Lungau. In November 2013 he received a master’s degree in voice with honors from the Konservatorium Wien Privatuniversität where he studied with Uta Schwabe. He has deepened his artistic education in masterclasses with Angelika Kirchschlager and Helmut Deutsch. The young baritone is a laureate of national and international competitions, including (Fidelio Wettbewerb 2012, Musica Juventutis Wettbewerb 2013, 1st prize and audience award at the International Franz Schubert Wettbewerb 2013 in Steyr, and 3rd prize at the International Johannes Brahms Wettbewerb 2013 in Pörtschach.
Rafael Fingerlos' stage appearances as a student include Papageno in W.A. Mozart's Die Zauberflöte, Melisso in George Frideric Handel's Alcina, Marco in Gianni Schicci, Dr. Falke in Die Fledermaus and Melchior in Amahl and the Night Visitors. In summer 2012, he sang at the Teatro Barocco festival in Altenburg the leading role in Michael Haydn’s Der Bassgeiger zu Wörgl. In addition he appeared as Conte Almaviva in W.A. Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro as part of the young artist program “Der österreichische Opernnachwuchs stellt sich vor” in Vienna in 2011. He appeared at the Musikfestival Steyr 2014 as Dr. Falke in Die Fledermaus and sang again Conte Almaviva in Münster, Germany. In summer 2015 he took part in the Young Singers Project of Salzburg Festival and will return to Salzburg Festival in summer 2016 as Pablo in the world premiere of Thomas Adès' The exterminating Angel. Before that in February 2016 he made his debut at the Semperoper Dresden as Pagageno, and in the autumn of 2016 he was touring the Netherlands with the Nationale Reisopera as Harlekin in Ariadne auf Naxos. In 2017 he will have his debut at Bregenz Festival as Morales in Georges Bizet's Carmen, and in 2018 in Zimmerman's Soldaten at the Teatro real in Madrid. From the 2016-2017 season, he is an ensemble member of the Wiener Staatsoper, where he will be shown as Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia.
Recital and concert work take a central place in his artistic activity. While still a student, Rafael Fingerlos was invited to take part in national and international festivals, including Roskilde Festival Schubertiaden in Denmark and sang in both the Wiener Musikverein and the Konzerthaus where he performed Gustav Mahler's Songs of a Wayfarer and works by Clara Schumann and Robert Schumann as part of the Musica Juventutis series. Most recently, he was invited to the Herkulessaal in Munich and sang J.S. Bach's Weihnachts-Oratorium (BWV 248) in the Brucknerhaus in Linz. In autumn 2015 he tours northern Italy with Die schöne Müllerin including a date in Milan and has his first recital in London. His concert and church music repertoire encompasses many cantatas, oratorios and masses, including Orff’s Carmina Burana, G.F. Handel's Messiah and the Johannes Brahms and Gabriel Fauré Requiems. He currently lives in Vienna, Austria.
Rafael has recently recorded J.S. Bach's cantatas with Das Neue Orchester and Christoph Spering conducting to be released on Deutsche Harmonia Mundi.