Teressa Foss

Teressa Foss

Dramatic Coloratura Soprano

Light Dramatic Coloratura Soprano
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«committed and scene-stealing / vivacious / possessed of a laser-focused whiz-bang of a soprano voice, and her effortless flights above the staff were as admirable as they were totally unexpected. (Barber of seville)»
OperaToday.com (2017)
«the voice for an opera house and the skill to deliver both massive and delicate tones with equal ease. / the kind of actor an audience can trust not to adorn a character with excessive or empty gestureS / 300-volt delivery of the show’s signature song “Children of the Wind" (RAGS)»
Clayton pioneer (2017)
«an impressively powerful performance of Verdi’s difficult ‘Vieni! t’affretta’ aria from “MacBeth” (Master Class)»
Daily Variety (2017)
2017Puccini: La RondineSuzy
2017Humperdinck: Hänsel und GretelGretel
2017Sullivan: The Pirates of PenzanceMabel
2016Rossini: Il Barbiere di SivigliaBerta
2016Humperdinck: Hänsel und GretelSandmännchen (the Sandman)
2016Humperdinck: Hänsel und GretelTaumännchen (the Dewman)
2015Mozart: Le nozze di FigaroMarcellina
2014Sullivan: Utopia, LimitedThe Princess Zara
2012Donizetti: Lucia di LammermoorLucia Di Lammermoor
2012Bellini: NormaNorma
2011Bizet: CarmenMicaëla
2011Leoncavallo: PagliacciNedda
2010Puccini: Suor AngelicaSuor Genoveffa
2008Mozart: Cosi fan tutteFiordiligi


Teressa Foss, coloratura soprano, has been praised as “vivacious”, “scene-stealing”, and “possessed of a laser-focused whiz-bang of a soprano voice… her effortless flights above the staff were as admirable as they were totally unexpected” (Berta/Il barbiere di Siviglia/Opera San Jose, OperaToday.com).

She made her principal debut at Opera San Jose as Marcellina in Le nozze di Figaro; with that company, in addition to Berta (Il barbiere), she has also performed Suzy in La Rondine, the Nurse/Ghost (and Eunice Hubbell cover) in Brad Dalton’s staging of A Streetcar Named Desire, alternately “Gretel” and “Sandman/Dew Fairy” in OSJ’s noted Educational Outreach Hansel and Gretel, and sung in the ensembles of Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Carmen, Tosca, Die Zauberflöte, and the Irene Dalis Memorial concert. She has also appeared with Northern California’s Verismo Opera, singing the title roles of Lucia di Lammermoor, Madama Butterfly, and Norma, as well as Micaela (Carmen), Nedda (I pagliacci), Lola (Cavalleria rusticana), and Genovieffa (Suor Angelica).  Other roles performed include Fiordiligi in Cosi fan tutte (West Bay Opera) and Oscar in Un ballo in maschera (Casa Italiana).

Theatre companies performed at include Theatreworks Silicon Valley, Lyric Theatre of San Jose, 42
Street Moon, Indra’s Net, Lambs Players, Willows Theatre, Phoenix Theatre (AZ), Boston Court, Fullerton Civic Light Opera, Cabrillo Stage, the Hollywood Bowl, West Coast Jewish Theatre, GeVa Theatre (NY), PCPA Theatrefest, Reprise! Los Angeles, Berkeley Repertory, Odyssey Theatre, Fountain Theatre, Colony Theatre, and Ensemble Theater Santa Barbara.  She has been nominated for theatre acting awards by Theatre Bay Area, Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle, AriZoni Theatre Awards, BroadwayWorld.com and Backstage West.

In concert, Ms. Foss has been a repeat soprano soloist for Bay Area choral and orchestral group Viva La Musica, where she has sung Haydn’s Missa in Angustiis, Rutter’s Magnificat, the Hayes and Ruggieri Glorias, Beethoven’s Fantasia in C-minor, Ola Gieilo’s “Night of the Soul” works, and the West Coast premiere of Dan Forrest’s “Requiem for the Living”.  She has also appeared as a soloist with the Silicon Valley Gay Men’s Chorus, Napa’s Jarvis Institute, Sonoma’s Valley of the Moon Chamber Ensemble, and Goat Hall Production’s Fresh Voices Festival.

Also an on-camera artist, her acting credits in independent film include “Bottles” (Best Actress, Eerie Film Festival), “Pintauro Road”, “Nominated – The Movie”, and “Life Without”.  Her films have screened in festivals across the U.S. and overseas, garnering multiple awards and nominations. She has performed principal roles and voiceover in national commercials for AT&T, Xfinity and Healthy Choice.

Ms. Foss is a member of AGMA, AEA and SAG/AFTRA.  She holds a BA in Theatre Arts from UCLA, studies voice with Carl Franzen (CA), and frequently works also with Neil Semer (NY).  For more information, please visit her website at www.teressafoss.net.

Biography Date: 10/1/2018
Length: 453 wds

CONTACT: https://www.teressafoss.net/contact.html

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CV & Repertoire

Musical Work Role Jump-in ready? Company Year
Puccini: La Rondine Suzy 24 hours Opera San Jose 2017
Humperdinck: Hänsel und Gretel Gretel 1 week Opera San Jose 2017
Sullivan: The Pirates of Penzance Mabel 1 week 2017
Rossini: Il Barbiere di Siviglia Berta 24 hours Opera San Jose 2016
Humperdinck: Hänsel und Gretel Sandmännchen (the Sandman) 1 week Opera San Jose 2016


Theatre Bay Area Nomination – Outstanding Principal Female Actor (Play)
Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Nomination – Lead Actress, Musical
AriZoni Nomination – Supporting Actress, Musical
Backstage West Garland Honorable Mention – Lead Actress, Musical
Theatre Bay Area TITAN Award Finalist