Pedro Willis-Barbosa is a Brazilian-American tenor who has not only been teaching students of all ages since 2009, but has also run the gamut of performing arts. From performing Children’s theatre in Chicago, to appearing as a featured dancer in the Dance Chicago festival with the Frasz-Peskov dance company, to working with various musical theatre companies across the Midwest, Pedro has also found his artistic voice in an operatic setting.
Pedro has performed with such companies as Cincinnati Chamber Opera, Queen City Opera, Cincinnati Opera, Tulsa Opera, Opera Louisiane, Cedar Rapids Opera, and the Des Moines Metro Opera. Most recently, Pedro performed the tenor solos in Verdi’s Requiem. Other notable roles include those of Don Ramiro and Il Conte d’Almaviva in Opera Project Columbus’ runs of La cenerentola and Il barbiere di Siviglia, Nemorino in Opera Western Reserve’s L’elisir d’amore, and Tamino in The Magic Flute with Opera for the Young. With Tulsa Opera, he covered the roles of Don Ramiro in Rossini’s La cenerentola and Romeo in Gounod’s Roméo e Juliette, and performed the role of Benvolio in Roméo et Juliette. He has also been seen in such roles as Frederic in Pirates of Penzance, Laurie in Adamo’s Little Women, Phillipe in The New Moon, Frankenboy in Frankenboy: A Monsteropera, Teapot in L’enfant et les sortileges, Fabrizio in Light in the Piazza, Magaldi in Evita, Ali Hakim in Oklahoma!, Gideon in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Cinderella’s Prince in Into the Woods, and Joseph in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.