Michel de Souza Baritone

Recipient of INDEPENDENT OPERA Vocal Scholarship at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music & Drama

Michel was born in Petropolis, Brazil. He studied music at the Canarinhos de Petropolis boys’ choir later graduating in Organ from the School of Music, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, where he also continued to study singing. Subsequently he worked with the tenor Benito Maresca in Sao Paulo. In 2007 he won first prize in the Maria Callas Vocal Competition in Sao Paulo, in 2010 he won the Margaret Dick and Ye Cronies competitions at RSAMD and is a Samling scholar. Michel graduated from the Master of Opera course at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow in 2010 with a scholarship from the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music. He is currently an Emerging Artist with Scottish Opera. 

His oratorio work has included performances of  Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, Magnificat, Cantatas BWV 56, 82, 140 and 147,  Mozart, Faure and Verdi’s  Requiem Masses, Rossini’s Petit Messe Solenele, Monteverdi`s 1610 Vespers, Handel’s Dixit Dominus and The Messiah and Orff’s Carmina Burana .

In opera, Michel has performed roles in Rigoletto (Marullo), Intermezzo (Der Notar), The Cunning Little Vixen (Forester), Carmen (Escamillo) for Scottish Opera, Faust (Wagner), Fidelio (2nd prisioner), The Fall of the House of Usher (Servant), Gianni Schicchi (Marco), The Love of Three Oranges (Farfarello), Ariadne auf Naxos (Harlequin, Musiklehrer), Elektra (Tutor), Tales of Hoffmann (Doctor Miracle), Il signor Bruschino (Gaudenzio), War and Peace (Prince Andrei) and Le nozze di Figaro (Count Almaviva).

He has performed in Brazil, United States of America, Germany, Austria, Spain, Portugal, UK, Italy and Russia. Michel also devotes special attention to chamber music, German Lied, French Chanson and Brazilian song.