Teressa Foss – NSVI, Coesfeld Germany

5% ($250)
August 15th, 2016
Raised $250 of $4,450

About The Artist

Teressa Foss, soprano

Teressa Foss, coloratura soprano, will return as a guest artist to Opera San Jose in November 2016 as “Berta” in Il barbiere di Siviglia; during 2015-2016, she made her principal debut there as Marcellina in Le nozze di Figaro, performed the Nurse and covered Eunice Hubbell in A Streetcar Named Desire, and sang in the ensembles of Carmen, Tosca, Die Zauberflöte, and the Irene Dalis Memorial concert.  Prior to appearing with OSJ, she spent a fruitful period working with Bay Area company 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...

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I am an opera singer, concert singer and actor based in Northern California, who is a member of Actors Equity, the Screen Actors Guild and the American Guild of Musical Artists.  I have had an atypical career path for a singer, spending a long time in professional theatre and some time in independent film (and commercials) before finally starting to work regularly in professional opera.  In the spirit of the roller-coaster coloratura music I love to sing, I would love your help in navigating an adventure that is full of “firsts” for me!

I am very excited to announce that on July 13, 2016, I will be getting on a plane in San Francisco, and some 10 hours later, I will arrive in Düsseldorf, Germany (a beautiful country I’ve often read about but never been to); about a day after that, after staying in a hotel I’ve never seen before and navigating the German train system for the first time with my trusty Eurail Pass, I will arrive in Coesfeld where I am enrolled to attend the Neil Semer Vocal Institute from July 15 to July 29.  In addition to working with master teachers Neil Semer and Roberta Cunningham (whom I’ve corresponded with but never met in person) on repertoire, technique and performance, I will be performing in four different public student concerts, with a wonderful group of fellow singers I’ve yet to meet, in front of a brand new public of listeners.  Also, one of the vocal pieces I really want to work on is the beautiful “Glück, das mir verblieb” from Korngold’s opera Die Tote Stadt – I have sung in German before, in the cast of Opera San Jose’s Die Zauberflöte, and as a soloist in Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy for Bay Area orchestral / choral group Viva La Musica, but never to my knowledge for native German speakers.  It’s going to be an eventful two weeks!

On a more studious note, the NSVI program appealed to me on several fronts, firstly because a colleague of mine from Opera San Jose has studied with Mr. Semer repeatedly and recommended him highly, even offering to write an email on my behalf during my application process.  Secondly, because while I know from long experience how to prepare a single role and what to do in a full production, achieving that same comfort level in a piano/singer environment is crucial when I put myself forward in auditions for companies that may find my career path unexpected on paper.  It’s also crucial for the recital environment, because I have several themed concert ideas that I want to develop and perform.  Thirdly, I may get the opportunity while there to audition for agency representation.  Lastly, the teachers’ decades-long knowledge of the current state of the business is something I really want to absorb, as well as assessing my instrument’s success in the repertoire I’m singing.

The adventure is not cheap, though it is more reasonably priced than many other programs I was looking at for this year:

General Budget
Course fee and housing - $2455
Air Travel - $1408
Travel medical insurance - $80
Hotel (1-night) - $62
Eurail pass - $304
Food/Sundry/Miscellaneous expenses - $140
TOTAL: $4450

I hope you will consider donating (tax-deductibly!) to my adventure and following me on Facebook, where I plan to post as many photos, updates and “hellos" to my donors as I’m able.  Once I’m home, I hope that you will be able to come see me sing “Berta” in Opera San Jose’s Il barbiere di Siviglia in November 2016 and then join me on whatever lies ahead.

Not comfortable donating online?  We accept donations via check as well.  Please mail donations to BELTÀ, 1712 E. Riverside Dr., Suite 25, Austin, TX 78741.  Be sure to mark "Teressa Foss" in the memo line so that your support can be routed towards this project.