The young countertenor Pedro Pablo Álvarez (18) has just been accepted as a student at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, one of the world’s most renowned music academies for baroque repertoire and ancient music.

“I just applied to try my luck. As a young Chilean singer, I thought I had little chance of making it”, says Pedro Pablo. Now he is moving to Switzerland in September.


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“He has decided on a career as a countertenor. This vocal register is closely tied to ancient music, and the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis in Switzerland is one of the most important training centres in Europe teaching this repertoire. Great representatives of this musical genre studied there, for example Andreas Scholl,” says Jessica Rivas, vocal teacher and Pedro Pablo’s professor at the Teatro del Lago’s School of the Arts.


Pedro Pablo sent a moving letter to Nicola Schiess, President of the Teatro del Lago Foundation, best expressing his feelings about being accepted in Basel:


Dear Nicola, I hope you are well.

I am writing to you to thank you from the bottom of my heart for your support during these recent weeks. People with good hearts and absolute altruism have given me opportunities open to only a few, and all of it happened because you took the time to help me. That is why I would like to thank you personally, as you initiated this dialogue. I also want to thank the wonderful Foundation and the Theatre, where I was able to develop as an artist, where I studied with incredibly motivating professors, as part of a group of highly gifted students who created a true community of artists, based on trust and love for the arts.

Everything I know, everything I was allowed to do, and the perspective I have on music today, I owe to Teatro del Lago, its professors and the wonderful atmosphere which arises where everyone shares this passion for music.

Once again, thank you so much for your help and your continuous willingness to support me.

My kindest regards,
Pedro Pablo Álvarez