Ricardo Panela


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 lyric baritone repertoire, Ricardo recently made his debut at the Teatro Nacional de São Carlos in Lisbon in LES  DIALOGUES DES CARMELITES, directed by Luís Miguel Cintra and also sang the role of Masetto DON GIOVANNI with Opera Holland Park, London. Upcoming roles include Le fauteuil/L’arbre LES ENFANT ET LES SORTILEGES at the Teatro Nacional de São Carlos and the title-role in Noah Mosley’s MAD KING SUIBHNE at English National Opera’s Lilian Baylis House.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 COLON at the Southbank Centre. Equally at home in Opera, Oratorio and Recital, Ricardo has also performed with for Wexford Festival Opera, Longborough Festival Opera and Casa da Música – Porto, under the baton of conductors including Jeremy Silver, Andrew Bisantz, Jean Sébastien-Berau or Jean-Luc Tingaud.

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 also acknowledges the Nicholas Boas Charitable Trust who have provided invaluable support.

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, achieving a BMus in Vocal Performance and Teaching with Distinction, before moving to London to work with Laura Sarti at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, where he completed his MMus in Performance. After Guildhall, he furthered his studies at the Welsh International Academy of Voice with Dennis O’Neill and sang in masterclasses with artists such as Montserrat Caballé, Teresa Berganza, Sir John Tomlinson, Della Jones and Nelly Miricioiu. He currently studies with Sherman Lowe.

Ricardo Panela

General management

Robert Gilder
Managing Director