Portuguese baritone Ricardo Panela studied singing in his home country and at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, with António Salgado and Laura Sarti, respectively. Throughout his career, he also worked with singers such as Monserrat Caballé and Teresa Berganza.
Specialising in Classic and early Romantic repertoire, Ricardo has been described by critics as possessing a round and rousing, beguilingly sonorous, brilliant and precise voice boasting a good vibrato (Opera Magazine, Somerset Gazette, thelondonist.com, bachtrack.com).
His operatic roles include, amongst others, Figaro in Il Barbiere di Siviglia (Opera Brava), Dottore Malatesta in Don Pasquale (Clapham Opera Festival), Raimbaud in Le Comte Ory (Opera South), Belcore in L'Elisir d'Amore (Pop-Up Opera), Guglielmo in Così fan tutte (Festival du Bougival et des Côteaux de Seine), Papageno in Die Zauberflöte (Teatro Aveirense) and Maestro Spinelloccio in Gianni Schicchi (Wexford Festival Opera).
Equally at home in opera, recital and concert works, Ricardo's concert repertoire includes Rossini's Stabat Mater, Dvorak's Stabat Mater, Lully's Te Deum, Charpentier's Te Deum, Haydn's Missa in Angustiis, Ravel's Don Quichotte à Dulcinée, Fauré's Requiem and Saint-Saëns' Oratorio de Noël.
In 2012 he had his Southbank Centre concert debut, performing Christopher Columbus' arias from the opera Los Martirios de Colon at a concert organised by the London International Latin American Music Society.
"Ricardo Panela…turned comedy caddishness into astonishing music"
The Times, L'elisir d'amore
"The scheming Dr Malatesta was roundly portrayed and sung by the personable Portuguese baritone Ricardo Panela"
Opera Magazine, Don Pasquale
"Ricardo Panela is a delight as the confused businessman, Belcore"
The Lady, L'elisir d'amore
"Ricardo Panela as the seedy Belcore is great: he is blessed with a lovely timbre, and the ability to pull off a tricky bright orange tie"
The Public Reviews, L'elisir d'amore
"Ricardo Panela was immensely likeable as Doctor Malatesta, bringing warmth to the character that made him cunning but not sneaky"
Plays to See, Don Pasquale