Raphaela trained as a mezzo soprano, obtaining a record-breaking First Class Honours Degree from the DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama, Dublin and a Post Graduate Distinction from the Flanders Opera Studio, Belgium. Her singing career has seen her perform across the UK and Europe and her roles have included Bradamante in Handel’s Alcina, Ottavia in Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea, Marcellina in Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro, Geneviève in Debussy’s Pelléas et Mélisande, Idamante in Mozart’s Idomeneo, Glasha and Varvara in Janáček’s Katya Kabanova, Buttercup in Gilbert & Sullivan’s HMS Pinafore, Euridice in Haydn’s L’anima del filosofo, Olga in Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin and Mrs Lovett in Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd. Irish performances include the title role in Bizet’s Carmen, Cherubino in Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro, Orfeo in Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice, Tessa in Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Gondoliers, Bianca in Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia, Penelope in Monteverdi’s The Return of Ulysses, Third Lady in Mozart’s The Magic Flute and Hansel in Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel.
She has performed in concert with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, RTÉ Concert Orchestra, Irish Baroque Orchestra, Co-Orch and the Cork Fleischmann Symphony Orchestra. Away from home she has performed in at the Usher and McEwan Halls, Edinbrugh, and Linbury Theatre in London. She also sings with leading choral societies in Ireland and Britain regularly performing Verdi’s Requiem, Elgar’s The Dream of Geronitus and Handel’s Messiah.