Pedro Arroyo is an up and coming lyric tenor currently based in Cincinnati, OH.
Born in Bremerhaven, Germany to Puerto Rican parents, Arroyo was the second of only two children, He demonstrated interest in music, performing his first role at age 8: Santa Claus in the Christmas musical Oh, Christmas Tree at Ohio St. School in Watertown, NY. After his move to Puerto Rico in 1994, he sang for many years at school concerts and ceremonies.
In August 2003, he began his degree in Teaching English as a Second Language at the University of Puerto Rico at Cayey, where he also auditioned for the concert choir, under the direction of Dr. Amílcar Rivera. He began as a bass, but eventually switched to the tenor section. In 2009, he began training with soprano Zoraida López, who helped train him to audition for the Puerto Rico Conservatory of Music, where he pursued a second undergraduate degree in Vocal Performance.
During his four year residency as a student at the PR Conservatory of Music, Arroyo sang in masterclasses for world renowned singers, such as Justino Díaz, Sherril Milnes, Mignon Dunn, among many others. His operatic debut was in the role of Mayor Upfold in Benjamin Britten’s comic opera Albert Herring. The same year, he traveled to Halifax, NS, Canada to participate in the Halifax Summer Opera Workshop in the roles of Olaf in Neil Weisensel’s Gisela In Her Bathtub and Zetes in Marc Blitzstein’s The Harpies. During is final year at the Conservatory, he performed the role of Dr. Cajus in Verdi’s final opera Falstaff, as well as Fernando in Amadeo Vives’ zarzuela Doña Francisquita.
After graduation Cum Laude from the Conservatory, he moved to Cincinnati to pursue a Masters Degree in Vocal Performance at the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music, under the tutelage of tenor Thomas Baresel. During the two years it took him to finish this degree, he performed as a member of the ensemble of Donizetti’s Don Pasquale under the direction of Omer Ben Seadia, conducted by Mo. Mark Gibson, and as Patacha in Chabrier’s L’étoile, directed by the Ralph J. Corbett Distinguished Chair of Opera Robin Guarino, and conducted by Mo. Kevin Murphy. He has coached with Kenneth Griffiths, Donna Loewy, Terry Lusk, Marie-France Lefebvre, among many others. He has also sung in masterclasses for David Daniels, Stewart Skelton, William Bolcom, Kevin Park, Margot Garret, among others.
In 2014, Arroyo was a finalist in the Corbett Opera Scholarship Competition at CCM. The same year, he debuted as Ferrando in Mozart’s Così fan tutte, directed by David Ward and conducted by Mo. Thomas Cockrell, at Opera in the Ozarks in Arkansas. Right after, he traveled again to Halifax, this time to perform the role of the Prince in Dvorak’s Rusalka, directed by Andrew Pelrine and under the musical direction of Gregory Myra. During this year, he also performed with the Bach Society of Dayton in Ariel Ramírez’s Misa Criolla, Schubert’s Mass in C, and Bach’s Mass in A. He was also a regular performer for the recital series Music For All Seasons, thanks to Rafael and Kimberly De Acha. He also performed as Alfredo in Act I of Verdi’s La Traviata with the Miami Valley Symphony Orchestra.
Upon completion of his Masters degree, he became part of the Cincinnati Opera Chorus for their 2015 season, performing in Verdi’s Il Trovatore, directed by José María Condemi and conducted by Cristian Măcelaru, as well as inPuccini’s Turandot, directed by Renaud Doucet, and conducted by Ramón Tebar. He also performed the role of Remendado in Bizet’s Carmen at CCM. He then proceeded in pursuit of a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Vocal Performance with a cognate in Vocal Pedagogy. As a doctoral student, he has gained experience as a voice teacher and has had the opportunity to continue performing as well.
In his first year alone, he traveled to Calgary, Canada to reprise the role of the Prince in Dvorak’s Rusalka. In November 2015, he participated in the Singer’s Club of Cleveland’s Scholarship Competition for male voices, obtaining the prize of the Albert Rees Davis Scholarship. In January of 2016, he performed the role of the 4th Jew in Strauss’ Salome at CCM; he also performed the role of Don Ottavio in a concert featuring highlights of Mozart’s Don Giovanni. He then made his professional debut in an operatic role with Opera Columbus in the role of Parpignol in Puccini’s La Bohème. He was also the tenor soloist and choral singer in Queen City Chamber Opera’s Midwestern premiere of Handel’s Israel in Egypt. He then performed the role of Raguel in a semi-staged production of Jonathan Dove’s Tobias and the Angel.