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Associate Professor
FM 116

Karl Kemm

Raphael Rada is an active baritone soloist and has performed in opera, operetta, concert, oratorio, recital, chamber music, and musical theater.  A native of Quezon City, Philippines, he received his undergraduate degrees in music education and vocal performance from the University of Santo Tomas in Manila, Philippines.  Dr. Rada received a Masters degree in vocal performance from Winthrop University in Rock Hill, South Carolina and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in vocal performance from the University of South Carolina.  His mentors include Salvacion Yñiguez, Jerry Helton and Dr. Donald Gray.
Rada has sung the roles of Ben in Menotti's The Telephone, David in Barber's A Hand of Bridge, the Baritone in Johnson's Four Note Opera, Dulcamara in Donizetti's L'Elisir d'Amore, Enrico in Donizetti's Il Campanello di Notte, Guglielmo in Mozart's Cosi fan tutte, Colas in Mozart's Bastien und Bastienne, Melchior in Menotti's Amahl and the Night Visitors, Malatesta in Donizetti's Don Pasquale, Marcello in Puccini's La Boheme, Monsieur Choufleuri in Offenbach's Monsieur Choufleuri, the Judge in Gilbert and Sullivan's Trial by Jury, Mr. Ford in Nicolai's The Merry Wives of Windsor, Dr. Carrasco in Leigh's Man of La Mancha and Peter in Humperdinck's Hansel and Gretel.
Dr. Rada was a member of the vocal ensemble Philippines which had a concert tour in 1997 of Italy, Spain, Switzerland and Austria.  He has also performed with the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra and the University of Santo Tomas Orchestra at the Cultural Center of the Philippines.  He has also sung for the Augusta Opera in Augusta, Georgia.  He was a two-time South Carolina winner and Regional Finalist in the Metropolitan Opera Auditions and was a finalist in the Palmetto Opera Competition. He has served as the Music director of Mt. Holly United Methodist Church and Cantor at the Oratory Catholic Church in Rock Hill, South Carolina.  Prior to his work at Del Mar, he taught voice and Solfeggio at the University of Santo Tomas and was a Voice Instructor and Assistant Music librarian at Winthrop University.
At Del Mar College, Dr. Rada teaches voice, Music Appreciation, Ear training and Sight singing, and directs the Singer's Theater.