Michel de Souza

Baritone

Biography

Winner of the Maria Callas vocal competition in São Paulo and the Margaret Dick and Ye Cronies Competition at the RSAMD, he was part of the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden where in the season 2012/2013 he 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. In the 2013/2014 he sang 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.

He 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 operatic roles include Prince Andrei (War and Peace), Marcello, Count Almaviva (Le nozze di Figaro), Doctor Miracle (The Tales of Hoffmann), Gaudenzio (Il Signor Bruschino), Harlequin/Musiklehrer (Ariadne auf Naxos) and Peter (Hansel und Gretel).

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Reviews

“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.”

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.”

Miranda Jackson

Opera Britannia

“Equally impressive was Michel de Souza’s trenchantly delivered High Priest of Dagon. He too knows how to sing French, and his high baritone has both suavity and metal when required.”

19th March 2017

Alexander Campbell

Classical Source

“In Act Two, the scene with Michel de Souza’s High Priest of Dagon was thrillingly dramatic stuff with Huckle and de Souza knocking sparks off each other.”

“Michel de Souza sang the role of the High Priest of Dagon in Grange Park Opera’s 2015 staging, and here projected the role with style, relish and bags of menace.”

19th March 2017

Robert Hugill

Planet Hugill