Adjunct Instructor of Voice
“Money-notes worth every penny,” “wonderful acting,” and “polished and elegant” are just a few of the phrases used by critics to describe lyric tenor Isaac Hurtado. Critically acclaimed for successes as Alfredo in La Traviata, Edgardo in Lucia di Lamermoor, the Duke in Rigoletto, Roméo in Roméo et Juliette, Tamino in Die Zauberflöte, and Werther in Werther, Mr. Hurtado is “the complete package.” Additional opera roles include Belmonte in Die Entfürung aus dem Serail, the title role in Bernstien’s Candide, Ferrando in Cosí fan tutte, Agenore in Mozart’s Il re pastore and Tebaldo in I Capuleti e i Montecchi. As Roger Doremus in Lee Hoiby’s Summer and Smoke with Central City Opera, Mr. Hurtado was heard nationally on National Public Radio’s World of Opera.
Dr. Hurtado has appeared with companies such as Opera San Jose, Phoenix Opera, Festival Opera at Walnut Creek (CA), Utah Lyric Opera, Utah Festival Opera, Opera North, Opera Circle of Cleveland, Central City Opera, Opera at the Acorn (MI), the Bay Area’s Midsummer Mozart Festival and Opera Theatre of Lucca, Italy.
In concert, Dr. Hurtado has performed tenor solos in Liszt’s A Faust Symphony with Traverse Symphony Orchestra, Bach’s Magnificat and G Major Mass with Sacramento Choral Society and Orchestra, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with West Michigan Symphony Orchestra, Handel’s Messiah with the Central United Methodist Church in Traverse City and opera gala concerts with Santa Rosa Symphony, Interlochen Arts Academy Orchestra, and Martinez Opera.
In 2013, Dr. Hurtado has starred in three productions of La Bohème as Rodolfo with Michigan’s Harbor Country Opera, Utah Lyric Opera and Sun Valley Opera (ID). He also reprised one of his signature roles, the Duke in Rigoletto, for Opera Circle of Cleveland. He headlined concerts in Kona, Hawaii for the Hoku Concert Series, Monticello, UT for the Blue Mountain Concert Series, and San Francisco, CA for the LDS Department of Public Affairs.
Other recent engagements include appearances with Utah Symphony and Opera, Temple Square Chorale and Orchestra of Salt Lake City (Beethoven’s Christus
Ölberge), Sun Valley Opera (Madama Butterfly, Miss Saigon, Les Miserables) Traverse City Orchestra’s Holiday Pops Concert, and Werther with Opera Circle Cleveland, Rigoletto with Thee Oaks Michigan’s, Acorn Theatre, and La Traviata with Utah Lyric Opera.
In addition to his affiliation with UVU, Dr. Hurtado directs the Utah Vocal Arts Academy, and is the Education Director for Utah Lyric Opera. He holds a DM in Voice Performance from Florida State University, an MM in Voice from University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and a BM in Voice from Brigham Young University.
Dr. Hurtado’s students have been accepted into virtually every major vocal program and conservatory in the country, including: The Juilliard School, Manhattan School of Music, Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, Eastman School of Music, New England Conservatory, Boston Conservatory, San Francisco Conservatory, Peabody Conservatory, Brigham Young University,Roosevelt Conservatory, Boston University, and many more. They are currently performing in professional operas and choirs nation wide, and have won major vocal recognitions including the 2 winners of the youngArts competition (one Gold Medalist and Presidential Scholar in the Arts finalist), several national finalists in the Classical Singer High School Vocal Competition, and several winners of the Michigan Verdi Opera Competition.
Dr. Hurtado directs Utah Lyric Opera's Summer Opera Workshops, and is a frequent adjudicator of vocal competitions, and is sought after master class instructor. He was recently awarded the prestigious 2011 National Association of Teachers of Singing internship.
As a stage director, Dr. Hurtado has directed The Mikado for Brigham Young University, Amahl and the Night Visitors for Utah Lyric Opera, and Gianni Schicchi, The Magic Flute, Cosi fan tutte, and various opera scene productions for Utah Lyric Opera Summer Workshops, and Interlochen Arts Academy.