Raphaela graduated top of her class with a record-breaking First Class Honours Degree from the Conservatory of Music and Drama, DIT, under the tutelage of Anne-Marie O'Sullivan, where she was awarded the Michael McNamara Gold Medal for performance and the DIT Academic Gold Medal. After studying for her Masters Degree at the Conservatory she furthered her studies in Belgium where she graduated top of her class with a distinction from Flanders Opera Studio.
Her singing career has taken her internationally where to date she has toured & performed roles such as: ‘Bradamante’ from Alcina, ‘Ottavia' from L’incoronazione di Poppea, ‘Marcelina’ from The Marriage of Figaro, ‘Genevieve’ from Pelleas et Melisande, ‘Idamante’ from Idomeneo, ‘Glasha' & ‘Varvara’ from Katya Kabanova, ‘Buttercup’ from HMS Pinafore and Mrs Lovett from Sweeney Todd.
In her homeland, Raphaela has performed the roles such as: 'Carmen' in Carmen at the Cork Opera House, ‘Cherubino’ in The Marriage of Figaro and ‘Orfeo’ in Orfeo ed Euridice with Glasthule Opera in the Pavilion Theatre, ‘Bianca’ in The Rape of Lucretia with IYO in Wexford Opera House,‘3rd Sprite’ in Rusalka with Lyric Opera in the Gaiety Theatre and ‘Tessa’ in The Gondoliers with the RTE Concert Orchestra in the National Concert Hall. A regular on the concert platform, some of Raphaela’s most noted performances are: numerous lunchtime recitals for RTE Lyric FM with the RTE National Symphony Orchestra and Elgar's Sea Pictures with RTE Concert Orchestra for RTE Lyric FM live from the National Concert Hall stage. She also gave a Handel commemorative concert with Our Lady’s Choral Society in Smock Alley and has sung in various Opera Galas and Concerts internationally such as: Opera Plus Recitals, Portugal and the Leran Music Festival, France, Belgium or closer to home in venues such the NCH, John Field Room, Pavilion Theatre, Hugh Lane, St. Iberius’, Cork Opera House, Cork City Hall and the Freemason’s Hall.
No stranger in the field of oratorio Raphaela's performances include: the alto solos in: Handel’s Messiah, Dvorak’s Stabat Mater, Mendelssohn's St. Paul and Jenkins The Armed Man & Peacemakers in the National Concert Hall with Our Lady’s Choral Society alongside the RTE CO for RTE Lyric FM. The alto solo in Mozart's Vespers, Rossini’s Stabat Mater, Mozart’s Requiem, Coronation Mass and the Durufle Requiem with Wicklow Choral Society and Carlow Choral Society. She has also sung the ‘Angel’ in The Dream of Gerontius, and the alto solo in Charpentier’s Christmas Mass and Haydn’s Nelson Mass with the Goethe Institute in the NCH. More recent performances include the mezzo solo in Verdi’s Requiem for the opening gala of the International Choral Festival in City Hall, Cork. She has also gone on tour with the Irish Baroque Orchestra performing Handel’s Messiah and the works of Bach and Telemann.