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 Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Michel de Souza has gone on to be a Jette Parker Young Artist at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden and an Emerging Artist at Scottish Opera.  He began his musical training with the Canarinhos de Petropolis boys’ choir, and 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 Master’s Degree in Opera with distinction at the Alexander Gibson Opera School at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

Whilst on the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme Michel de Souza’s roles included Shaunard, La bohème; Captain, Eugene Onegin; Angelotti, Tosca; Flemish Deputy, Don Carlo; City Crier, Gloriana;  Servant, Capriccio (in concert with Renee Fleming) 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 he covered Belcore, L’elisir d’amore; Papageno, Die Zauberflöte; Valentin, Faust and the title role in Don Giovanni.  His roles as an Emerging Artist for Scottish Opera included Forester, The Cunning Little Vixen; Escamillo, Carmen; Der Notar, Intermezzo and Marullo, Rigoletto.

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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.”

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

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“Nick the bartender and Sonora (Michel de Souza) are young stars to watch out for in the future.”

La Fanciulla del West – The Grange Park Opera – Louise Lewis 

“special mention to Michael de Souza as Sonora, one of the lynch-mob about to kill the recaptured Johnson)”

La Fanciulla del West – Grange Park Opera, Hampshire – Cara Chanteau 

” Michel de Souza’s sonorous Sonora”

La Fanciulla del West – The Grange Park Opera – Cara Chanteau 

“…Michel de Souza (the High Priest of Dagon) made the most of the glorious lyricism of Saint-Saëns’ settings; de Souza also impressed in his exchanges with Dalila in Act II.”

Samson et Dalila – David Karlin, Bachtrack 

“Michel de Souza made a suave High Priest of Dagon, singing with a nice sense of style and a feel of constant present Danger.”

Samson et Dalila – Robert Hugill, Planet Higill 

“Brazilian baritone Michel de Souza was a vocally commanding and convincing High Priest of Dagon.”

Samson et Dalila – Sebastian Scotney,The Arts Desk 

“Turning now to the 2012 intake, the most exciting prospect I felt was the baritone, Michel de Souza. He made an outstanding Papageno in the first excerpt (which was conducted by Paul Wingfield who was also given the chance to display his skills in the overture from Die Zauberflöte.) Mr de Souza has already completed Scottish Opera’s Emerging Artists’ Programme, and it shows. He offers superb projection and excellent diction as well as an energetic and engaging stage presence. He is most definitely “one to watch.”

Jette Parker Young Artists Showcase – Royal Opera House – Miranda Jackson, Operosa 

“The Forester I saw, Michel de Souza, was a fine, warm-toned, eloquent portrayal of the role.”

The Cunning Little Vixen – Michael Tanner, The Spectator  

“Seen on its second night in Glasgow, the night belonged to Michel de Souza, Scottish Opera Emerging Artist who sang a wonderful Forester.”

The Cunning Little Vixen – Adventures of Bluedog 

“The young Brazilian baritone Michel de Souza filled the boots of bullfighter Escamillo with flamboyance.”

Carmen – The Scotsman