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 in high demand on concert and operatic stages alike. 2016/2017 season highlights include Clorinda in Seattle Opera's critically acclaimed The Combat, Bach St. Matthew Passion (Colorado Symphony, staged), Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni (Skylark Opera Theatre), and Musetta in La Bohème under the baton of maestro Andrew Litton (Colorado Symphony). Other recent credits include Carmen in La Tragédie de Carmen (Skylark Opera Theatre), Susanna in The Marriage of Figaro (Angels & Demons Entertainment), the Vaughan Williams Dona Nobis Pacem (Seattle Pro Musica), and the High Priestess in Aida (Eugene Opera/Opera Trio). Tess has also sung leading ladies with Opera Fairbanks (Rumpelstiltskin, Carmen), Juneau Lyric Opera (Don Giovanni), Opera Coeur d'Alene (Die Fledermaus), Eugene Opera (Opera Trio, Turn of the Screw), Tacoma Opera (Threepenny Opera, Die Zauberflöte, La Bohème), City Opera Ballet (Così fan Tutte, Le Nozze di Figaro), and Vespertine Opera Theater (Les Mamelles de Tirésias, La Voix Humaine, La Bohème), to name a few.
Tess has been featured with numerous ensembles nationwide, and has had the privilege of singing a number of world premieres, including The Frozen Grail, a song cycle written for her by Eric Barnum, Donald Skirvin’s Curve of Gold (Seattle Choral Company), the 2010 premiere of Robert Kyr's Pacific Sanctus, and the Midwest premiere and recording of Emerson Eads's Mass for the Oppressed (Notre Dame University).
Current season engagements include E in Seattle Opera's O+E, Pamina in Die Zauberflöte (Pacific Symphony), Euridice/Proserpina in a tour of Monteverdi's L'Orfeo under Grammy winning conductor, Stephen Stubbs (Pacific MusicWorks, Portland Baroque Orchestra, Early Music Vancouver), Messiah with both the Bremerton Symphony and Great Bend Center for Music, Maria in West Side Story with Symphony Tacoma as well as Central City Opera/Boulder Philharmonic, Light in the Darkness: Bach Advent Cantatas (Pacific MusicWorks), the Rossini Messe Solonnelle (South Bend Chamber Singers), Missions and Mysteries at the San Francisco Early Music Society, the Lord Nelson Mass with Seattle Metropolitan Chamber Orchestra and the world premiere of Emerson Eads's opera, The Princess Sophia (The Orpheus Project & Juneau Lyric Opera, Juneau AK).
A native Seattleite, 2018 marks her tenth season with the Seattle Mariners as a regular anthem singer. Miss Altiveros holds a Master’s degree in vocal performance from the University of Washington.
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