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Brazilian baritone Michel de Souza began his musical training with the Canarinhos de Petropolis boys’ choir. He graduated in organ from the School of Music of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, where he continued to study singing. He later worked with the tenor Benito Maresca in Sao Paulo and then completed a Masters Degree in Opera with distinction at the Alexander Gibson Opera School at Royal Scottish Academy of Music & Drama. He has won first prize in the Maria Callas Vocal Competition in Sao Paulo and the Margaret Dick and Ye Cronies Competitions at the RSAMD. He has been awarded the Independent Opera Post Graduate Voice Fellowship and is Samling scholar. His studies were supported by an ABRSM international Scholarship. He recently completed the Emerging Artist Programme at Scottish Opera, where he performed Forester (The Cunning Little Vixen), Escamillo (Carmen), Der Notar (Intermezzo) and Marullo (Rigoletto). Other opera roles include Prince Andrei (War and Peace), Marcello and Shaunard (La Boheme), Count Almaviva (Le nozze di Figaro), Papageno, Don Giovanni, Belcore, Doctor Miracle (The Tales of Hoffmann), Gaudenzio (Il Signor Bruschino), Harlequin/Musiklehrer (Ariadne auf Naxos), Peter (Hansel und Gretel), Angelotti (Tosca),  Tutor (Elektra), Wagner (Faust),

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Brazilian baritone Michel de Souza began his musical training with the Canarinhos de Petropolis boys’ choir. He graduated in organ from the School of Music of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, where he continued to study singing. He later worked with the tenor Benito Maresca in Sao Paulo and then completed a Masters Degree in Opera with distinction at the Alexander Gibson Opera School at Royal Scottish Academy of Music & Drama.

He has won first prize in the Maria Callas Vocal Competition in Sao Paulo and the Margaret Dick and Ye Cronies Competitions at the RSAMD. He has been awarded the Independent Opera Post Graduate Voice Fellowship and is Samling scholar. His studies were supported by an ABRSM international Scholarship.

He recently completed the Emerging Artist Programme at Scottish Opera, where he performed Forester (The Cunning Little Vixen), Escamillo (Carmen), Der Notar (Intermezzo) and Marullo (Rigoletto). Other opera roles include Prince Andrei (War and Peace), Marcello and Shaunard (La Boheme), Count Almaviva (Le nozze di Figaro), Papageno, Don Giovanni, Belcore, Doctor Miracle (The Tales of Hoffmann), Gaudenzio (Il Signor Bruschino), Harlequin/Musiklehrer (Ariadne auf Naxos), Peter (Hansel und Gretel), Angelotti (Tosca),  Tutor (Elektra), Wagner (Faust), Second Prisoner (Fidelio), Servant (The Fall of the House of Usher), Marco (Gianni Schicchi) and Farfarello (The Love of Three Oranges).

Concert work includes Bach Christmas Oratorio, Mass in B minor, Magnificat and Cantatas BWV 56, 82, 140 and 147,  Faure Requiem, Handel Dixit Dominus, Apollo e Dafne and Messiah, Orff Carmina Burana, Monteverdi Vespers, Mozart Requiem, Rossini Petite Messe Solenelle, Vaughan Williams Five Mystical Songs, Verdi Requiem, Walton Belshazzar’s Feast and, most recently, Vaughan Williams Serenade to Music with BBCSSO at the Proms. He also appears regularly in recital, singing German Lieder, French chanson and Brazilian songs.

He joined the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden in September 2012, and in the 2012/2013 Season sang Shaunard, Captain (Eugene Onegin), Angelotti (Tosca), Flemish Deputy (Don Carlo), City Crier (Gloriana) Servant (Capriccio in concert with Renee Fleming) and covered Belcore and Papageno. This season he will also sing Mandarin (Turandot), King ( El gato con botas), Morales (Carmen), Nightwatchman (Die Frau ohne Schatten) Baron Douphol (La traviata), Angeloti and Second Commissary (Dialogues des Carmelites) and cover Valentin and Don Giovanni.

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"Credit must also be given to Michel de Souza’s very finely sung Mandarin. An attractive baritone voice that promises much, he is another Jette Parker Young Artist who is well worth watching to see how he progresses."

Turandot - Antony Lias, Opera Britannia

" The most exciting prospect I felt was the baritone, Michel de Souza. He made an outstanding Papageno in the first excerpt."

Die Zauberflöte - Miranda Jackson, Opera Britannia