The Mexican tenor Rafael Álvarez studied at the conservatories in Vienna and Mexico City before beginning his career as a soloist.
Rafael Alvarez frequently appears in opera houses in his current country of residence The Czech Republic, including the National State Opera in Prague until 2016, at the opera houses in Plzeň until 2016, Ústí nad Labem, Liberec, Olomouc, Ostrava and Brno, where he is a permanent guest solosist dince 2006.
The repertoire of the tenor includes 33 roles.
In the latest few seasons he has performed in the main tenor roles from the operas Edgar (Puccini for 3 Seasons), Les contes d'Hoffmann (4 productions, the last two in the Macedonian State Opera and National Opera Bratislava), Andréa Chénier, Ernani, Arrigo in Vespri Siciliani (4 productions), Il trovatore among others in the Serbian National Opera. Further appearances include Dalibor (Smetana), Prince (Rusalka), Max (The Free Shooter), Turiddu (Cavalleria Rusticana), Canio (I Pagliacci), Enzo Grimaldo (La Gioconda), Don José (Carmen ), Edgardo (Lucia di Lammermoor), Calaf (Turandot), Mario Cavaradossi (Tosca), Pinkerton (Madama Butterfly), Radames (Ai'da), Ismaele (Nabucco), Gabriele Adorno (Simone Boccanegra in 3 productions), the Duca di Mantova (Rigoletto), Don Alvaro (La Forza del Destino in 2 productions), Jacopo Foscari (I due Foscari), and Arrigo (I Vespri Siciliani). In this role (Arrigo) he was engaged as a cover for Gregory Kunde at the Palau de les Arts, Valencia. Other guest engagements took him to Seoul (Arts Center), Teatro Trujillo in Peru and the Slovak National Theater in Bratislava.
In the beging of his career he has sung also many roles from the lighter lyric repertoire such as Nemorino (L'elisir d'amore), Ferrando (Così fan Tutte) and Almaviva (Il Barbiere di Siviglia), until later he played roles such as Alfredo (La Traviata), Edgardo (Lucia di Lammermoor), Michel (Martinus Juliette) and Faust (Gounod).
Mr Alvarez holds a permanent residence permit for the EU.
In addition to his native Spanish, he speaks English, German, Italian and fluently Czech.