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Michel de Souza

Jette Parker Young Artist


Baritone Michel de Souza joined the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme in September 2012. He made his Royal Opera debut as Schaunard (La bohème), and has since sung Captain (Eugene Onegin), Angelotti (Tosca), Flemish Deputy (Don Carlo), City Crier (Gloriana) and Servant (Capriccio) for The Royal Opera. Born in Petropolis, Brazil, he studied organ and singing at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. He subsequently studied with Benito Maresca in São Paulo and completed a Masters Degree in Opera at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama.

Before joining the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme, De Souza was a member of the Emerging Artists Programme at Scottish Opera, where he sang roles including 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 Vocal Competition and the Margaret Dick and Ye Cronies competitions. He was awarded the Independent Opera Post Graduate Voice Fellowship and is a Samling Scholar.

Upcoming productions

  • La traviata

    Cast as Baron Douphol

    Verdi’s tragic tale of a Parisian courtesan who sacrifices all for love is vividly told in Richard Eyre’s production.

  • Tosca

    Cast as Angelotti

    Drama, passion and fabulous music – Tosca is one of the great evenings of opera. Jonathan Kent’s production is set against the turbulent backdrop of Rome in 1800.

  • Dialogues des Carmélites

    Cast as Second Commissary

    Robert Carsen’s award-winning production of Poulenc’s sublime opera is set during the violent upheaval of the French Revolution.

  • JPYA Summer Performance

    Cast as Guglielmo (Così fan tutte)

    The Royal Opera’s stars of tomorrow take to the main stage in a showcase performance, the culmination of all their hard work over the Season.


Mark Elder introduces La bohème

News and features

  1. Young Artist Profile: Michel de Souza

    Young Artist Profile: Michel de Souza

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

  2. See the future stars of opera perform in free lunchtime recitals

    See the future stars of opera perform in free lunchtime recitals

    Jette Parker Young Artists among those performing in lunchtime concerts.