Baritone Kenneth J. Pereira's repertoire encompasses opera, oratorio, art song, musical theater and the Great American Songbook. His operatic roles include Puccini's Marcello in La Bohème, Sharpless in Madama Butterfly, the title role in Gianni Schicchi, and Mozart's Il Conte Almaviva in Le Nozze di Figaro and Guglielmo in Così fan tutte among others. Dr. Pereira has appeared regularly as a soloist with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Raymond Leppard in works by Beethoven and Haydn. He is also a featured soloist on that orchestra's 2008 recording of classical and traditional Christmas music. Recent performances include his debut with the Chippewa Valley Symphony Orchestra as the baritone soloist for Beethoven's Symphony No. 9, as well as opera and oratorio appearances with the Borgarmaria Lyric Opera and Yuba-Sutter Master Chorale. He recently made his international debut singing scenes from Verdi's La traviata and Donizetti's L'elisir d'amore in gala performances with OperaMaya (Mexico). In addition to those performances, he served as a teaching artist for the company's young artist program. Dr. Pereira has also performed in concert opposite internationally acclaimed sopranos Sylvia McNair and Carol Vaness.
Born and raised in northern California, Dr. Pereira graduated Magna cum Laude from California State University, Stanislaus. He holds a Doctorate of Music in Voice Performance and Literature from Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music, where he also completed a Master of Music Degree in Voice. As an Associate Instructor of Voice at IU, Dr. Pereira taught studio voice and served as the teaching assistant for the graduate and undergraduate opera workshops. He has studied voice with Joaquina Calvo Johnson and Andreas Poulimenos.
- Applied voice
- Opera studies
- Opera/Musical theatre literature
- Song literature
- Diction for singers
Research and Creative Activities
- Italian-Opera especially Bel Canto opera
- Spanish and Latin-American art song
- Art song by opera composers
- Songs of the Great American Songbook
- B.M., California State University, Stanislaus
- M.M., Indiana University (Voice)
- D.M., Indiana University (Voice Performance and Literature)