Noted for her “particularly soulful” (L.A. Times) interpretations and a “captivating combination of skilled singing and magnetic acting” (Pioneer Press), soprano Tess Altiveros is equally at home in a wide range of repertoire from the 17th century to the 21st. Her recent portrayal of Female Soldier in Seattle Opera’s The Falling and the Rising was described as “a triumph” (Classical Voice North America) and “enthralling” (Seattle Times), while Opera Magazine described her voice in Pacific MusicWorks’s “Leading Ladies” 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 Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro (Kentucky Opera), E in Seattle Opera’s O + E, 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), 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 Anna in Don Giovanni (Juneau Lyric Opera), Musetta in La Bohème (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).
Recent season concert work includes Missions and Mysteries with Stephen Stubbs at the Berkeley Festival and Exhibition, Arneson’s Magnificat (Minot Chamber Chorale), 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 season highlights include Female Soldier in The Falling and the Rising (Opera on the James), Gianetta in L’Elisir d’Amore (Seattle Opera) Mozart C Minor Mass (Seattle Pro Musica), Wayward Sisters (Pacific MusicWorks), and Rodas Recordada (Music of Remembrance).
A native Seattleite, Ms. Altiveros has been a regular anthem singer for the Seattle Mariners for over a decade.