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Tess Altiveros

Tess Altiveros
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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 her Euridice/Proserpina in the West Coast tour of Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo under Grammy winning conductor, Stephen Stubbs was described by Vancouver Classical Music as“an artful combination of facial expression, gesture, and vocal suavity…infusing both characters with tenderness and charm as well as dignity.”

Other roles include Clorinda in Seattle Opera’s The Combat, 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 this season, including Emerson Eads’s Princess Sophia (The Orpheus Project) Donald Skirvin’s Canticles of Crimson, and will make her Carnegie Hall debut in the premiere of John Muehleisen’s Borders in May of 2019.

Upcoming engagements include Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro (Kentucky Opera), 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) and her role reprisal in Robert Neu’s fully staged St Matthew Passion (Shreveport Symphony Orchestra).

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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