Winner of the Maria Callas vocal competition in São Paulo and the Margaret Dick and Ye Cronies Competition at the RSAMD, Michel was part of the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden where in the 2012/2013 season 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 Carmélites) and covered Valentin and Don Giovanni.
He completed the Emerging Artist Programme at Scottish Opera, where roles included the Forester (The Cunning Little Vixen), Escamillo (Carmen), Der Notar (Intermezzo) and Marullo (Rigoletto). Other operatic roles have included 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.
Michel spent much of the 2014/15 season working at Le Grand Théâtre de Genève, where the baritone sang 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 has recently performed at Grange Park Opera in Samson et Dalila singing the role of the High Priest of Dagon, where he will return as Sonora in their 2016 production of Puccini’s La Fanciulla del West. In 2015/16 Michel will continue his work at Le Grand Théâtre de Genève, in productions of William Tell as Leuthold and A Midsummer Night’s Dream as Starveling.
Concert work has included Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, Mass in B minor, Magnificat and Canta-tas 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 the BBCSSO at the Proms.
Recent concert engagements include Copland’s Old American Songs with the Orchestra of Scottish Opera and Lieder eines fahenden Gesellen with the Southbank Sinfonia. Future engagements include Berlioz’s Scène Heroïque with the Orquestre National de Lyon. He also appears regularly in recital, singing German Lieder, French chanson and Brazilian songs.