Season Finale: Beethoven and Brazil 

Peace Concert Hall
Saturday, May 10 at 7:30 pm
Sunday, May 11 at 3:00 pm 

Jessie Montgomery: Starburst
João Guilherme Ripper: Cinco Poemas de Vinicius de Moraes  
Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 6 in F major, “Pastoral”  

Join us for the grand finale of our season with a captivating concert that celebrates the enduring legacy of Beethoven alongside the vibrant rhythms of Brazil. From the cosmic brilliance of Jessie Montgomery’s Starburst to the lyrical beauty of João Guilherme Ripper’s Cinco Poemas de Vinicius de Moraes, this is a journey of musical exploration and cultural fusion. Our season finale culminates with the timeless majesty of Beethoven’s “Pastoral” Symphony, transporting you to the serene landscapes of the countryside.

Lee Mills, conductor

Tess Altiveros, soprano 

Tess Altiveros, soprano

Noted for her “particularly soulful” interpretations (L.A. Times) 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.

Most recently, Ms. Altiveros appeared as Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro (Intermountain Opera), Angela in In Real Life (Opera Memphis), the world premiere of Romeo (Orpheus Project), and a recital of new compositions with The Aria Institute in Paris.  Other credits include Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro (Kentucky Opera), and Female Soldier in The Falling and the Rising (Seattle Opera), a portrayal described as “a triumph” by Classical Voice North America and “enthralling” by the Seattle Times.  Other recent credits include E in Seattle Opera’s O + E, L’enfant in L’Enfant et les Sortilèges (Pacific Symphony), Clorinda in Seattle Opera’s acclaimed production of The Combat, Fiordiligi in Così fan Tutte (Skylark Opera Theatre), Hannah in The Merry Widow (Inland Northwest Opera), Pamina in Die Zauberflöte (Pacific Symphony), Maria in West Side Story (Central City Opera/Boulder Philharmonic), Musetta in La Bohème with Mo. Andrew Litton (Colorado Symphony), Miss Jessel in Turn of the Screw (Eugene Opera), and Elle in La Voix Humaine (Vespertine Opera).   

On the concert stage, her voice has been hailed as “darker, creamy, sensuous…sprezzatura personified” (Opera Today) and “pure gold” (Opera Magazine). Engagements have ranged from the American Prize-winning world premiere of Muehleisen’s Borders at Carnegie Hall to the critically acclaimed West Coast tour of Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo with Grammy winning conductor Stephen Stubbs.  Ms. Altiveros has been featured with the Colorado Symphony, Pacific Symphony, the Boulder Philharmonic, Portland Baroque, Early Music Vancouver, Shreveport Symphony, San Francisco Early Music Society and the Vancouver Bach Festival, to name a few.  

The 22/23 season included a role reprisal of Female Soldier in The Falling and the Rising with Intermountain Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera, and Arizona Opera, Giannetta in L’Elisir d’Amore (Seattle Opera), Nana in the world premiere of A Thousand Splendid Suns (Seattle Opera), the world premiere of A Stranger at the Door (Seattle Opera Creation Lab), and appearances with Pacific MusicWorks, Seattle ProMusica, and Boise Philharmonic. In the 23/24 season, Ms. Altiveros returns to Intermountain Opera as Mimì in La Bohème and will make her Opera Idaho debut as Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro.  

A native Seattleite, Ms. Altiveros has been a regular anthem singer for the Seattle Mariners for over a decade, and is proud to sing regularly for all her hometown teams, including OL Reign, Seattle Kraken, and the Seattle Sounders.