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.  

2017/2018 season highlights included E in Seattle Opera's acclaimed O+E, Pamina in Die Zauberflöte (Pacific Symphony), Euridice/Proserpina in the West Coast tour of Monteverdi's L'Orfeo under Grammy winning conductor, Stephen Stubbs, two appearances as Maria in West Side Story (Symphony Tacoma and Central City Opera/Boulder Philharmonic), and Missions and Mysteries with Stephen Stubbs at the Berkeley Festival and Exhibition. 

Other recent credits include Clorinda in Seattle Opera's The Combat, Bach St. Matthew Passion (Colorado Symphony, staged), Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni (Skylark Opera Theatre), Musetta in La Bohème under the baton of maestro Andrew Litton (Colorado Symphony), 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), Miss Jessel in Turn of the Screw (Eugene Opera).  Tess has also sung leading ladies with Opera Fairbanks (Rumpelstiltskin, Carmen), Juneau Lyric Opera (Don Giovanni), Opera Coeur d'Alene (Die Fledermaus), Eugene Opera (Aida), 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 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). 

Upcoming engagements include Hannah in The Merry Widow (Inland Northwest Opera), Lulu in the world premiere of The Princess Sophia (The Orpheus Project), Eads’s Mass for the Oppressed (Anchorage Concert Chorus), her role reprisal in Robert Neu’s fully staged St Matthew Passion (Shreveport Symphony Orchestra), Dalila in Handel’s Samson (Pacific MusicWorks), and the Lake George Music Festival.  See schedule for more details about upcoming performances. 

A native Seattleite, Miss Altiveros has been a regular 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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