Winner of the Maria Callas vocal competition in São Paulo and the Margaret Dick and Ye Cronies Competition at the RSAMD, he was part of the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden where in the season 2012/2013 he sang Shaunard, Captain (Eugene Onegin), Angelotti (Tosca), Flemish Deputy (Don Carlo), City Crier (Gloriana) Servant (Capriccio in concert with Renee Fleming) and covered Belcore and Papageno. In the 2013/2014 he sang 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 cover Valentin and Don Giovanni.
He completed the Emerging Artist Programme at Scottish Opera, where he performed Forester (The Cunning Little Vixen), Escamillo (Carmen), Der Notar (Intermezzo) and Marullo (Rigoletto). Other operatic roles include Prince Andrei (War and Peace), Marcello, Count Almaviva (Le nozze di Figaro), Doctor Miracle (The Tales of Hoffmann), Gaudenzio (Il Signor Bruschino), Harlequin/Musiklehrer (Ariadne auf Naxos) and Peter (Hansel und Gretel).
Michel de Souza began his musical training with the Canarinhos de Petropolis boys’ choir. He 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 Masters Degree in Opera with distinction at the Alexander Gibson Opera School at Royal Scottish Academy of Music & Drama.
De Souza spent much of the 2014/15 season working at Le Grand Théâtre de Genève, where the baritone sung the role of Marullo in Rigoletto, Capitaine in Eugene Onegin, Baron Grog in La Grande Duchesse de Gerolstein and un Scythe in Iphigénie en Tauride. He also performed at Grange Park Opera in Samson et Dalila singing the role of the High Priest of Dagon.
In 2015/16 De Souza continued his work at Le Grand Théâtre de Genève, in productions of William Tellas Leuthold and A Midsummer Night’s Dream as Starveling. He returned to the Grange Park Opera to sing the role of Sonora in Puccini’s La Fanciulla del West and took part in the production of Salome as 1st Soldier and 1st Nazarene performed with Orchestre National de Lyon.
This season 2016/17 will see de Souza sing the roles of Schaunard in La Boheme (Le Grand Théâtre de Genève), Ping in Turandot at the Royal Opera House, Guglielmo for the Teatro Argentino de La Plata and Gonzales in Il Guarany for the Palacio das Artes in BH Brazil.
Concert work includes Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, Mass in B minor, Magnificat and Cantatas BWV 56, 82, 140 and 147, Faure’s Requiem, Handel’s Dixit Dominus, Apollo e Dafne and Messiah, Orff’s Carmina Burana, Monteverdi’s Vespers, Mozart’s Requiem, Rossini’s Petite Messe Solenelle, Vaughan Williams’Five Mystical Songs, Verdi’s Requiem, Walton’s Belshazzar’s Feast and Vaughan Williams’ Serenade to Music with BBCSSO at the Proms.
Recent concert engagements include Berlioz Scene Heroique and Beethoven 9th Symphony with the Orchestre National de Lyon, Copland’s Old American Songs with the Orchestra of Scottish Opera and Lieder eines fahenden Gesellen with the Southbank Sinfonia.
He also appears regularly in recital, singing German Lieder, French chanson and Brazilian songs.
"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."
"The most exciting prospect I felt was the baritone, Michel de Souza. He made an outstanding Papageno in the first excerpt."