Brazilian vocal coach Rafael Andrade is highly sought after for his artistry and experience with the core Italian operatic repertoire. In 2009, he was awarded a scholarship at Centre de Perfeccionament Plácido Domingo do Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia, in Valencia, Spain, directed by Alberto Zedda. Highlights of his time in Valencia included his work as Maestro Sostituto for Lorin Maazel in Madama Butterfly and Plácido Domingo for Menotti's Amelia al Ballo and The Telephone. In 2012, he also received a scholarship for a summer course at the Bolshoi Theatre/Opera Academy, Russia. Andrade has been a member of Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program, USA, under the direction of Plácido Domingo. After returning to Brazil in 2012, Andrade has been employed as Maestro Sostituto at the Theatro Municipal de São Paulo,Theatro Municipal de Rio de Janeiro, Opera Festival Amazonas, Theatro São Pedro. Conductors he has assisted include Lorin Maazel, Plácido Domingo, Louis Salemno, Jader Bignamini, Alberto Zedda, Jacques Delacote, Yoram David, Oleg Caetani, Ramon Tebar, Ira Levin, Rodolfo Fisher, José Miguel Perez-Sierra, and John Nesching among others. Maestro Andrade is also an active recitalist whose collaborations include performances with Eliane Coelho, Atalla Ayan, Fernando Portari, Ana Lucia Benedetti, and Alejandra Malvino among others. Andrade has played for vocal masterclasses given by Delora Zajick, Denyce Graves, Dr. Stephen King, Marco Gandini, Marianne Cornetti, Alberto Gazale, Jorge de León, and Alejandra Malvino among others. As a vocal coach, Rafael works repertoire preparation with the most preeminent Brazilian opera singers. Andrade has a degree in Piano, Musical Language and Music Theory from Universidade Estadual Paulista “Julio de Mesquita Filho" Brazil.