Ricardo Pereira



Associate Professor of Voice                                                     
Building 37, Room 128
PhD Musical Arts, University of CA, Santa Barbara
MM Vocal Performance, University of CA, Santa Barbara
BA, Universidade Estadual do Ceará, Brazil

Dr. Ricardo Pereira, Associate Professor of Voice, joined the NAU School of Music in 2001. His teaching duties include private voice lessons and vocal literature.

His main research interest is the art song with emphasis in the Brazilian “canção” and the songs of Ernani Braga.  In Europe, he studied privately in Turin with renowned Italian maestro Elio Battaglia and in courses at Acquasparta, Naples, and Salzburg. Under the guidance of Maestro Battaglia, Dr. Pereira perfected his operatic repertoire, German Lied, and performed with acclaimed success.

A Brazilian singer with a flexible lyric tenor voice, Dr. Pereira made his professional operatic debut in 1992 in the world premiere of Ronaldo Miranda’s opera Don Casmurro at the Teatro Municipal de São Paulo and has appeared in numerous musical productions among them:

  • Mozart’s Coronation Mass, C Minor Mass, and Requiem 
  • Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony
  • Mascagni’s L’amico Fritz 
  • Puccini’s La bohème and Gianni Schicchi 
  • Verdi’s La traviata and Nabucco 
  • Massenet’s Werther 
  • Offenbach’s Barbe-Bleue 
  • Bach’s St. John Passion 
  • Mendelssohn’s Elijah 
  • Handel’s Messiah 
  • Gomes’s A noite do Castelo 
  • Orff’s Carmina burana 

His performance repertoire includes chamber music, art song, opera, and oratorio and world premieres of works by contemporary composers.
Dr. Pereira has been teaching private voice for almost twenty years. His students have achieved significant success both as teachers and performers.

In Brazil, between 1991 and 1998, he served as a vocal instructor with the Universidade of São Paulo Choir and between 1992 and 1998 as a singer with the Teatro Municipal de São Paulo. He had many of his performances broadcast on Brazilian national public television. In 1995, he was awarded first prize in the Carlos Gomes Singing Competition in Campinas, Brazil.