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Michel de Souza

Baritone

Biography

Michel de Souza in action.
Michel de Souza in Così fan tutte in the Jette Parker Young Artists Summer Performance, The Royal Opera © ROH/Clive Barda, 2014

Brazilian baritone Michel de Souza was a member of The Royal Opera's Jette Parker Young Artists Programme 2012–14, during which time his roles included Schaunard (La bohème), Captain (Eugene Onegin), Angelotti (Tosca), Flemish Deputy (Don Carlo), City Crier (Gloriana), Servant (Capriccio), Mandarin (Turandot), Moralès (Carmen), Nightwatchman (Die Frau ohne Schatten), Baron Douphol (La traviata), Second Commissary (Dialogues des Carmélites) and Guglielmo (Così fan tutte Act I, JPYAP summer performance) on the main stage, and King (El gato con botas, Meet the Young Artists Week) in the Linbury Studio Theatre.

De Souza was born in Petropolis and studied organ and singing at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. He subsequently studied with Benito Maresca in São Paulo and at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, going on to become a member of the Emerging Artists Programme at Scottish Opera, where his roles included Escamillo (Carmen) and Forester (The Cunning Little Vixen). Other operatic roles include Prince Andrei (War and Peace) and Count Almaviva (Le nozze di Figaro). He has also sung a wide range of concert works and appears regularly in recital, singing German Lieder, French chanson and Brazilian songs.

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.

Videos

News and features

2013/14 Review: Reflecting on a Season of highlights and artistic dreams realized for Jette Parker Young Artists

2013/14 Review: Reflecting on a Season of highlights and artistic dreams realized for Jette Parker Young Artists

19 July 2014

Opera’s next stars will take to the stage on Sunday 20 July for annual JPYA Summer performance.

Young Artist Profile: Michel de Souza

Young Artist Profile: Michel de Souza

11 March 2014

The Brazilian baritone on tackling Strauss’s complex scores and embodying nasty characters.

See the future stars of opera perform in free lunchtime recitals

See the future stars of opera perform in free lunchtime recitals

25 October 2013

Jette Parker Young Artists among those performing in lunchtime concerts.

Photos

Rachel Kelly as Dorabella, Michel de Souza as Guglielmo, Dušica Bijelić as Despina, Ashley Riches as Don Alfonso, David Butt Philip as Ferrando and Kiandra Howarth as Fiordiligi in the JPYA Summer Performance © ROH / Clive Barda 2014

Michel de Souza as Guglielmo, Dušica Bijelić as Despina and David Butt Philip as Ferrando in the JPYA Summer Performance © ROH / Clive Barda 2014

Michel de Souza as Guglielmo, Kiandra Howarth as Fiordiligi, Rachel Kelly as Dorabella, David Butt Philip as Ferrando and Ashley Riches as Don Alfonso in the JPYA Summer Performance © ROH / Clive Barda 2014

David Butt Philip as Ferrando, Ashley Riches as Don Alfonso and Michel de Souza as Guglielmo in the JPYA Summer Performance © ROH / Clive Barda 2014

Kiandra Howarth as Fiodiligi, Michel de Souza as Guglielmo, David Butt Philip as Ferrando and Rachel Kelly as Dorabella in the JPYA Summer Performance © ROH / Clive Barda 2014

Michel de Souza as Guglielmo in the JPYA Summer Performance © ROH / Clive Barda 2014

Michel de Souza in Così fan tutte in the Jette Parker Young Artists Summer Performance, The Royal Opera © ROH/Clive Barda, 2014

Dušica Bijelic as Pamina, Pablo Bemch as Monostatos and Michel de Souza as Papageno in the Jette Parker Young Artist Summer Performance © ROH / Clive Barda 2013

Michel de Souza in Tosca © ROH/Tristan Kenton, 2013

Michel de Souza in Tosca © ROH/Tristan Kenton, 2013

Anush Hovhannisyan and Michel de Souza in rehearsal for El gato con botas © ROH / Ruairi Watson 2013

Anush Hovhannisyan and Michel de Souza in rehearsal for El gato con botas © ROH / Ruairi Watson 2013

Anush Hovhannisyan as the Princess and Michel de Souza as the King in El gato con botas © ROH / Catherine Ashmore 2013

Michel de Souza as the King in El gato con botas © ROH / Catherine Ashmore 2013

Michel de Souza as the King in El gato con botas © ROH / Catherine Ashmore 2013

Ashley Riches, Jihoon Kim, Charbel Mattar and Michel de Souza as Servants in Capriccio in Concert © ROH / Catherine Ashmore 2013

Michel de Souza