Praised for "a ripe, sensual lyric soprano" (Opera News) and a "captivating combination of skilled singing and magnetic acting" (Pioneer Press), soprano Tess Altiveros is equally at home in a vast range of repertoire from the 17th century to the 21st, making her highly sought after for a wide array of concert and operatic work alike. Her recent portrayal of E in Seattle Opera's acclaimed O+E “stole the show” according to The Stranger, while Opera Magazine described her voice in Pacific MusicWorks’s “Leading Ladies” under Grammy winning conductor, Stephen Stubbs as “…darker, creamy, sensuous, but she can fill it with so much drama that the stereotyped tropes of a Baroque lament offers a fully rounded portrait of a woman’s pain…sprezzatura personified.”
Other roles include Clorinda in Seattle Opera's The Combat, Fiordiligi in Così fan Tutte (Skylark Opera Theatre), L'enfant in L'Enfant et les Sortilèges (Pacific Symphony), Dalila in Handel’s Samson (Pacific MusicWorks), The Creation (Philharmonia Northwest), fully staged St Matthew Passion (Shreveport Symphony Orchestra). Hannah in The Merry Widow (Inland Northwest Opera), Pamina in Die Zauberflöte (Pacific Symphony), Maria in West Side Story (Central City Opera/Boulder Philharmonic), Bach St. Matthew Passion (Colorado Symphony, staged), Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni (Skylark Opera Theatre), Musetta in La Bohème under the baton of Mo. Andrew Litton (Colorado Symphony), Carmen in La Tragédie de Carmen (Skylark Opera Theatre), Susanna in The Marriage of Figaro (Angels & Demons Entertainment), Miss Jessel in Turn of the Screw (Eugene Opera) and leading ladies with Vespertine Opera Theater (Les Mamelles de Tirésias, La Voix Humaine, La Bohème).
Recent season concert work includes Missions and Mysteries with Stephen Stubbs at the Berkeley Festival and Exhibition, Mass for the Oppressed (Anchorage Concert Chorus), Rossini’s Messe Solonelle (South Bend Chamber Singers), Vaughan Williams Dona Nobis Pacem (Seattle Pro Musica, Philharmonia Northwest), and Handel’s Messiah (Symphony Tacoma, Bremerton Symphony, Great Bend Center for Music). Tess also has the privilege of singing a number of world premieres, including Emerson Eads’s Princess Sophia (The Orpheus Project), Donald Skirvin’s Canticles of Crimson, and John Muehleisen’s Borders at Carnegie Hall.
Upcoming engagements include Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro (Kentucky Opera), Fiordiligi in Così fan Tutte (Inland Opera Northwest), Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia (Opera on the James), and Female Soldier in the West Coast premiere of The Falling and the Rising at Seattle Opera.
A native Seattleite, Miss Altiveros has been a regular anthem singer for the Seattle Mariners for over a decade, and holds a Master’s degree in vocal performance from the University of Washington.
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