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Ricardo Panela - Baritone


Born in Aveiro - Portugal, Ricardo has distinguished himself for his interpretation of the florid baritone Bel Canto roles, deemed beguilingly sonorous, a technical tour-de-force and mesmerising by different music publications.

Currently focusing on the main Lyric Baritone roles from the Classical Period to Verismo, the 2015 - 2016 season saw Ricardo debut to critical acclaim both at his home country’s National Opera House in Lisbon, in Poulenc’s Les Dialogues des Carmelites, and at Opera Holland Park as Masetto in Don Giovanni.

Future projects include a return to Lisbon’s National Opera House for M. Ravel’s L’enfant et les sortilèges.

Previous career highlights have included the London premieres of Saverio Mercadante’s Don Chisciotte at Leighton House Museum and of Federico Ruiz’s Los Martirios de Colón at the Southbank Centre.

Equally at home in Opera, Oratorio and Recital, Ricardo has also performed, amongst others, for Wexford Festival Opera, Longborough Festival Opera and Casa da Música - Porto, under the baton of conductors like Jeremy Silver, Andrew Bisantz, Jean Sébastien-Berau or Jean-Luc Tingaud.

Ricardo is also a two-time bursary recipient of The International Opera Awards Foundation, who have generously supported him for the last 2 years.

Ricardo studied in Portugal with Juracyara Baptista and António Salgado, and in the United Kingdom with Laura Sarti and Dennis O’Neill. He currently studies with Sherman Lowe.

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updated August 2017