Born in Ílhavo, Portuguese baritone Ricardo Panela has established himself as a versatile performer, with his repertoire spanning opera, oratorio and art song. In 2019, he won the Best Performer award at the Armel Opera Festival, following a series of performances as Leporello in Don Giovanni in Ecuador and in Budapest. Previous roles have included Malatesta (Don Pasquale), Lescaut (Manon), Figaro (Il barbiere di Siviglia), Harlekin (Ariadne auf Naxos) and Marcello (La bohème) among others. He has performed in prestigious venues such as the Queen Elizabeth Hall at the Southbank Centre and Cadogan Hall in London. Panela made his debut at the Teatro Nacional de São Carlos in Dialogues des Carmelites, staged by Luís Miguel Cintra and directed by conductor João Paulo Santos.