Brazilian baritone Michel de Souza was a member of the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme 2012–14, his roles including Schaunard (La bohème), Angelotti (Tosca), City Crier (Gloriana), Mandarin (Turandot), Moralès (Carmen), Nightwatchman (Die Frau ohne Schatten), Baron Douphol (La traviata), Second Commissary (Dialogues des Carmélites), Guglielmo (Così fan tutte Act I, JPYAP summer performance) and King (El gato con botas, Meet the Young Artists Week). Since graduating from the Programme he has returned to sing Aswini Twin (Sukanya, world premiere) and Ping (Turandot) for The Royal Opera. In the 2019/20 Season he sings Robert Paradies (The Intelligence Park) in a co-production between The Royal Opera and Music Theatre Wales.
De Souza was born in Petropolis and studied organ and singing at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, with Benito Maresca in São Paulo and at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. As a member of the Emerging Artists Programme at Scottish Opera his roles included Escamillo (Carmen) and Forester (The Cunning Little Vixen). Engagements since leaving the JPYAP include Schaunard, Scythian (Iphigénie en Tauride), Marullo (Rigoletto) and Le Baron Grog (La Grande-Duchesse de Gérolstein) for the Grand Théâtre de Genève, Guglielmo for Teatro Argentino de La Plata, Prus (The Makropulos Case) and Figaro (Il barbiere di Siviglia) for the Theatro Municipal de São Paolo, Papageno (Die Zauberflöte) for the Theatro São Pedro, São Paulo, Crown (Porgy and Bess) and Gonzales (Il Guarany) for Palácio das Artes, Belo Horizonte, and Sonora (La fanciulla del West) and High Priest of Dagon (Samson et Dalila) for Grange Park Opera.
De Souza’s awards include first prize in the Maria Callas, Margaret Dick and Ye Cronies competitions, an Independent Opera Post Graduate Voice Fellowship and a Samling Scholarship. He appears regularly in concert and recital.