Tess Altiveros

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 17thcentury 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+Estole the showaccording 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 Crimson Canticles, and will make her Carnegie Hall debut in the premiere of John Muehleisen’s Mother of Exilesin May of 2019.

Upcoming engagements include 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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Current & Upcoming Performances

20
April
2019
2:00 pm
The Creation
Haydn
Philharmonia Northwest / Kirkland Choral Society
Seattle, WA
Benaroya Hall
3
May
2019
7:30 pm
Handel’s Samson
Dalila
Pacific MusicWorks
Lynnwood, WA
Trinity Lutheran
4
May
2019
7:30 pm
Handel’s Samson
Dalila
Pacific MusicWorks
Seattle, WA
First Baptist
16
May
2019
8:00 pm
L’enfant et les sortilèges
L’enfant
Pacific Symphony
Costa Mesa, CA
Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall
18
May
2019
8:00 pm
L’enfant et les sortilèges
L’enfant
Pacific Symphony
Costa Mesa, CA
Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall

Past Performances

14
April
2019
Bach's St. Matthew Passion (staged)
Shreveport Symphony Orchestra
Shreveport, LA
First Baptist
31
March
2019
Mozart's Cosi fan tutte
Fiordiligi
Skylark Opera Theatre
St. Paul, MN
The Historic Mounds Theater
30
March
2019
Mozart's Cosi fan tutte
Fiordiligi
Skylark Opera Theatre
St. Paul, MN
The Historic Mounds Theater
29
March
2019
Mozart's Cosi fan tutte
Fiordiligi
Skylark Opera Theatre
St. Paul, MN
The Historic Mounds Theater
24
March
2019
Mozart's Cosi fan tutte
Fiordiligi
Skylark Opera Theatre
St. Paul, MN
The Historic Mounds Theater
23
March
2019
Mozart's Cosi fan tutte
Fiordiligi
Skylark Opera Theatre
St. Paul, MN
The Historic Mounds Theater
22
March
2019
Mozart's Cosi fan tutte
Fiordiligi
Skylark Opera Theatre
St. Paul, MN
The Historic Mounds Theater
24
February
2019
Carmina Burana & Canticles of Crimson
Kirkland Choral Society
Bastyr College, WA
Bastyr University Chapel
23
February
2019
Carmina Burana & Canticles of Crimson
Kirkland Choral Society
Bastyr College, WA
Bastyr University Chapel
9
February
2019
Leading Ladies
Pacific MusicWorks
Seattle, WA
First Baptist Church
8
February
2019
Leading Ladies
Pacific MusicWorks
Lynnwood, WA
Trinity Lutheran
16
December
2018
Messiah
Bremerton Symphony
Bremerton, WA
15
December
2018
Messiah
Symphony Tacoma
Tacoma, WA
9
December
2018
Christmas in Rome
Pacific MusicWorks
Seattle, WA
7
December
2018
Christmas in Rome
Pacific MusicWorks
Seattle, WA
18
November
2018
The Creation
Haydn
Great Bend Center for Music
Seattle/Shelton, WA
16
November
2018
The Creation
Haydn
Great Bend Center for Music
Seattle/Shelton, WA
25
October
2018
The Princess Sophia
Lulu
Orpheus Project
Juneau, AK
14
October
2018
Mass for the Oppressed
Anchorage Concert Chorus
Anchorage, AK

O+E, Seattle Opera, 2018 (Seattle, WA)

“E appears as dazzling and graceful a woman as ever there was…The gorgeous Tess Altiveros as E […] is able, in a very short amount of stage time, to make it clear why someone would brave the depths of the underworld to bring her back. Altiveros’s E is passionate and fiery and from her first notes, her luscious soprano is infused with a great depth of emotion.”

-Drama in the Hood

Steals the show.”

-The Stranger

“The singing of the three principals…is among the best I’ve heard on any stage: such rich, full voices held the audience absolutely still and mute before this story of love, loss and death. As importantly, the three performers fill the space of the Seattle Opera Studios with these archetypal but very human figures that have been the protagonists of these tales for millenia.”

-The BritishTheatre Guide

All three singers are excellent, the deep emotions clear in the fine acting of both Gartner and Altiveros, and with the audience so close it was easy to enter into those feelings”

-The Sunbreak

A Light in Darkness:  Bach Advent Cantatas, Pacific MusicWorks, 2017 (Seattle, WA)

“Soprano Altiveros stood out in each of her solos for her expressiveness, not only in the lovely voice but in her stance and face, full of excitement, loving or full of hope.”

-The Sunbreak

L’Orfeo, Pacific Music Works, 2017 (Seattle, WA | Portland, OR | Vancouver, B.C. Canada) 

“Special praise is also due to soprano Tess Altiveros in the dual role of Eurydice and Proserpine: with an artful combination of facial expression, gesture, and vocal suavity, she succeeded in infusing both characters with tenderness and charm as well as dignity. Indeed, the soloists were able to inhabit their roles – both vocally and physically – as deeply as in any staged performance.”

-Vancouver Classical Music

“Balzer and his co-stars, through sheer performance dynamics, managed to project their passion to nearly a thousand EMV aficionados in the four-tiered splendor of the Chan Centre….Nor was Balzer the only one in the cast with such power over the audience. Tess Altiveros brought me close to tears with her ‘troppo dulce e troppo amara’ as she sank back into Hades forever.”

– The Vancouver Observer

Don Giovanni, Skylark Opera Theatre, 2017 (Minneapolis, MN)

Tess Altiveros as Donna Elvira injects vocal and visual fire into every scene into which she appears.”

– Twin Cities Arts Reader

“Mozart gave most of this opera’s best music to the sopranos, and a trio of them did outstanding things with it on opening night Thursday.  Tess Altiveros was a fiery Donna Elvira with a soaring voice…”

-Pioneer Press

The Combat, Seattle Opera, 2017 (Seattle, WA)

“Seattle Opera has scored another success with ‘The Combat’ …The three principals – Segen, Altiveros and Neuville – are all compelling singing actors with distinctive, beautifully produced voices.”

-The Seattle Times

“With this remarkable production of The Combat, visionary director Dan Wallace Miller and his cast transformed not only the Seattle Opera rehearsal building, but also my heart. This is a profound experience of theater.”

-The Stranger

“[The Combat] is an hour-long, exciting, gut-wrenching immersion in the forces of love and humanity versus intolerance, and the human toll taken in the battle between those opposing forces…All three excellent singers are well-versed in baroque performance style, easily able to traverse the demanding ornamentation, and all three are expressive actors…The battle scene is lengthy and furious…From one end of the platform to the other, [Tancredi and Clorinda] hack at each other, swinging and slashing; it’s an amazing fight to watch…Don’t miss it. Hope, request, that it will be brought back. ”

-City Arts Online

The Tragedy of Carmen, Skylark Opera Theatre, 2017 (St. Paul, MN)

There was plenty to like, starting with Tess Altiveros’ Carmen, the most captivating combination of skilled singing and magnetic acting that I’ve seen brought to the role in several years. Each of her familiar arias was smooth, spicy and disarmingly natural…Hers is a tour de force performance.”

-Pioneer Press

“Soprano Tess Altiveros was, predictably, a provocative presence in black leathers and slinky knee boots. Crucially, Altiveros avoided overacting, allowing her natural sensuality and the art of gradual insinuation to do the talking…[and] she unleashed the higher notes with passionate, thrilling impact.”

Star Tribune

“As Carmen, Tess Altiveros is eye-catching and ear-catching with her performance; her movement is dynamic and, above all, intensely seductive.”

-Twin Cities Arts Reader

Marriage of Figaro, Angels & Demons Entertainment – 2016 (St. Paul, MN)

“…By his side was the luminous Tess Altiveros as Susanna, deceptively dainty in stature and possessed of wit, poise, and sensitivity throughout. Altiveros was equally at home with the more mad-cap slapstick physical comedy and the sweeter romance, sporting a full and graceful soprano voice and offering an absolutely transcendent rendition of ‘Beloved, don’t delay’ (‘Deh vieni, non tardar’ in the original Italian) in Act IV…Altiveros and Preisser’s performances were utterly captivating…”

    – Twin Cities Arts Reader

“Susanna is given a warm, engaging, tough and tender portrayal by Seattle-based soprano Tess Altiveros.”

– Pioneer Press

Messiah, Tacoma Symphony – 2015 (Tacoma, WA)

“Altiveros sang her angelic role with a Rossini-esque charm and coloratura…”

-The Tacoma Tribune

Turn of the Screw, Eugene Opera – 2015 (Eugene, OR)

“Tess Altiveros lavished a ripe, sensual lyric soprano on Miss Jessel.”                                                   – Opera News

“Tess Altiveros’s passionate Miss Jessel proved to be as engaging as it was disturbing…”

    -The Register Guard

“The emotional anchor of this show was the coupling of tenor Brendan Tuohy, as Peter Quint, and soprano Tess Altiveros, as his lover, Miss Jessel.  Both Northwesterners, the two singers have powerfully dark and sexy chemistry onstage, making them perfect evil spirits trying to seduce the children into another world.”

– Eugene Art Talk (Eugene, OR)

Les Mamelles de TiresiasVespertine Opera Theater – 2013 (Seattle, WA)

“The singing, particularly from the leads (Tess Altiveros, José Rubio, Daniel Oakden), is fearless and all-out; the commitment of the whole cast is evident all evening.”

   -Melinda Bargreen (Seattle, WA)