Being able to take for us the best of each person who comes into our life is essential. Learning and acquiring knowledge is a magic and enriching process. Having at our side someone who knows how to instill passion for a new world is a privilege!

And I did have this privilege at the of thirteen when I met my first singing teacher: baritone Pedro Telles.

After trying to understand what to do about being all time singing at home, my mum decided to apply to MAIORFF (Music School in Maia – Portugal) for the singing lessons of a teacher who was unknown to us.

With open heart and a huge will to learn I started studying with Pedro. There were a few years of sharing, encouragement, dedication, unconditional commitment and a strong conviction of a promising future for me. That’s how I remember all his lessons and everything he taught me about music and about being a good human being. Concepts as professionalism, integrity, perseverance and determination were the motto of each class. The challenge was launched by him: “You’re going to be a professional opera singer!” With shiny eyes and touched by the demanding circumstances inherent to this artistic path, I accepted the challenge.

I learned! I grew up! I saw dreams come true! I believed him; I believed in myself! He allowed me to fly away from his “nest” at the right time and I got admitted at the superior institution I wanted to… I did it! We did it!

And today, looking back, I feel huge GRATITUDE for Pedro to having cross my life. And even better… for him to have stayed! He became one of the most important people for me: confident, friend, good advisor and a great partner on stage… on many stages.

Thank you Pedro Telles!

by Marina Pacheco 

[old picture taken before a concert together]