Dvorak's 'Zigeunermelodien' seven songs setting texts by Adolf Heyduk, was originally written in German in 1880 (...). From the first song, 'Mein Lied ertönt' Panela created a virile lyrical vocal line complemented by a vibrant (if overly pedalled) piano. 'Ei! Wie mein Triangel' was lively and engaging, whilst 'Rings ist der Wald' showed quiet calm and control. 'Als die alte Mutter' ('Songs my mother taught me') was sung with a shapely and nicely even line, whilst 'In dem weiten' was vigorous. Both performers brought the right sort of dance-like feel to 'Reingestimmt die Seiten', finishing with the highly engaging 'Hörstet hoch der Habicht'.

ROBERT HUGILL, Planet Hugill

Panela has a consistently strong voice in a sort of dark baritone register and was enjoyable throughout the evening. (...) I deeply love Piazzolla’s music, and to get a whole evening of it performed this well – and in the most bizarre of settings – was a treat.

DAVID KARLIN, BachTrack

From the entire cast, baritone Ricardo Panela's debut on this stage has to be singled out. Despite only singing smaller roles on this opera, he was, by far, the best on stage. He's a singer with a beautiful voice and remarkable technical and expressive qualities.

JOSÉ ANTÓNIO MIRANDA, Fanáticos da Ópera

The International Opera Awards not only rewards achievement in the opera field at the highest level, but has ben set up to raise money for bursaries given to emerging operatic artists. The latest batch of awards includes (...) Ricardo Panela (Portuguese, baritone whom I caught popping up in Don Pasquale). 

ROBERT HUGILL, Planet Hugill

Ricardo Panela as Dandini did an excellent job keeping up the comedic pretence of the Prince’s ploy and singing with flair and joviality as well.

MARY GRACE NGUYEN, London Card

Rather impressively, Baglietto and Ricardo Panela as Doctor Malatesta sang the famous patter duet whilst pretending to box, a tour-de-force which came off brilliantly. Both were technically confident and conveyed the sheer joy of the brilliant music. Panela made a very fine, rather knowing Doctor Malatesta who seemed rather too fond of Norina himself. He was clearly having fun and conveyed this enjoyment in his vivid performance.

ROBERT HUGILL, Planet Hugill

The entire cast of this wonderful production was very strong, including the warm, clearly enunciated singing of Ricardo Panela as Ory’s friend, Raimbaud.

ANN PINHEY, Haslemere Herald

(...) Ory's charade backed up by the support of his friend and co-conspirator Raimbaud, nimbly sung and acted by baritone Ricardo Panela.

MARGARET DAVIES, Opera Magazine

Belcore (Ricardo Panela), who has turned up to make big bucks and to find a wife, boasted a round tone with good vibrato.

SARAH REID, BachTrack

His brash rival Belcore was forcefully sung by Ricardo Panela in a baritone that would have filled a much larger space. A polished performance.

MARGARET DAVIES, Opera Magazine

Baritone Ricardo Panela’s Belcore was beguilingly sonorous.

STEPHEN WILMOT, Londonist

For me, the show is stolen by Belcore (Ricardo Panela), cross bred between David Brent and Casanova.

OWEN WINEFELD, Plays to see

Ricardo Panela is mesmerising as Belcore.

DAVID RUMELLE, Remote Goat

 Panela used his reverberant baritone to relish Malatesta's plotting and his teamwork in duets was impeccable.

MARGARET DAVIES, Opera Magazine

 Baritone Ricardo Panela sang with brilliant and precise tone. (Dvorak, Stabat Mater)

JOHN BROAD, Somerset Gazette

Ricardo Panela, as a traveling salesman (Belcore), turned comic caddishness into astonishing music.

MATTHEW PARRIS, The Times

The scheming Doctor Malatesta was roundly portrayed and sung by personable Portuguese baritone Ricardo Panela; (...) and they teamed up to rousing effect for the patter duet.

MARGARET DAVIES, Opera Magazine