Ricardo Panela

Ricardo Panela


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«'From the first song, 'Mein Lied ertönt' Panela created a virile lyrical vocal line'»
«Panela used his reverberant baritone to relish Malatesta's plotting and his teamwork in duets was impeccable.»
«Panela has a consistently strong voice in a dark baritone register»
2018Massenet: ManonLescaut
2018Strauss R.: Ariadne auf NaxosDer Perückenmacher
2018Strauss R.: Ariadne auf NaxosHarlekin
2017Mozart: Don GiovanniMasetto
2017Ravel: L'enfant et les sortilègesLe Fauteuil
2017Ravel: L'enfant et les sortilègesL'Arbre
2016Poulenc: Dialogues des CarmélitesM. Javelinot
2016Poulenc: Dialogues des CarmélitesUn officier
2016Puccini: La BohèmeMarcello
2015Gounod: FaustWagner
2015Donizetti: Don PasqualeDottor Malatesta
2014Mozart: Le nozze di FigaroConte d'Almaviva
2014Leoncavallo: PagliacciSilvio
2014Rossini: La CenerentolaDandini
2013Donizetti: L'elisir d'amoreBelcore
2013Rossini: Le Comte OryRaimbaud
2013Verdi: RigolettoMarullo
2013Rossini: Il Barbiere di SivigliaFigaro
2012Mozart: Cosi fan tutteGuglielmo
2011Puccini: Gianni SchicchiMarco
2009Weill: Die DreigroschenoperStreet Singer
2008Mozart: Die ZauberflötePapageno


Born in Aveiro - Portugal, Ricardo has established himself over the last few years as a versatile performer, with a repertoire ranging from the florid Baroque and Bel Canto Lyric Baritone repertoire, to contemporary opera. The 2016/2017 season saw Ricardo debut to critical acclaim at his home country’s National Opera House in Lisbon, in Poulenc’s Les Dialogues des Carmelites, directed by Luís Miguel Cintra and at London’s Opera Holland Park, as Masetto in Don Giovanni.
The 2017/ 2018 season brings some exciting role and company debuts for Ricardo, with critically acclaimed performances of the title role in Noah Mosley’s Mad King Suibhneat the English National Opera Lilian Baylis House, and Lescaut in Massenet’s Manon for Opera Valladolid, in what is his Spanish debut. Ricardo is also delighted to return to the Teatro Nacional de São Carlos in Lisbon, for a production of Ravel's L'enfant et les sortilèges.
Later this season, Ricardo will create the role of De Valletta, in Reuben Pace’s new opera City of Humanity, composed as part of ‘Malta European Culture Capital 2018’, in what will also be his debut in this country.
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.
He regularly gives Lecture-Recitals at London’s Cadogan Hall, having recently completed a cycle of lectures where he researched and explored the impact of Censorship and Political Propaganda in Operatic Performance and Composition from the Baroque period through to the Second World War.
Ricardo is a two-time bursary recipient of The International Opera Awards Foundation, who have generously supported him between 2015 and 2016, and he would also like to acknowledge the Nicholas Boas Charitable Trust who have provided invaluable support along the way.
Having started his musical studies with brazilian soprano Juracyara Baptista, Ricardo then continued studying at the University of Aveiro with portuguese bass-baritone António Salgado, before moving to London to work with Laura Sarti at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama. After Guildhall, he furthered his studies at the Welsh International Academy of Voice with Dennis O'Neill and currently studies with Sherman Lowe.
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CV & Repertoire

Musical Work Role Jump-in ready? Company Year
Massenet: Manon Lescaut Immediately Teatro Calderón Vallodolid 2018
Strauss R.: Ariadne auf Naxos Der Perückenmacher No Longborough Festival Opera 2018
Strauss R.: Ariadne auf Naxos Harlekin 1 week 2018
Mozart: Don Giovanni Masetto 24 hours Opera Holland Park 2017
Ravel: L'enfant et les sortilèges Le Fauteuil Immediately Teatro Nacional De São Carlos 2017


Opera Awards foundation bursary
opera awards foundation bursary
Armel Opera Competition