Hurtado, Isaac
Assistant Professor of Voice / Director of Opera
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Last Updated: 10/24/18 -

Isaac Hurtado enjoys a varied career as a professional singer, voice teacher, and stage director/producer. He has performed over 35 leading roles and has appeared in numerous concerts across the country and in Italy.  Critics have praised him for a 'honey-toned' voice that 'caresses the ear,' 'money notes worth every penny,' and 'convincing' and 'heartfelt' acting portrayals. Dr. Hurtado's signature roles include Rodolfo in La Bohème, Romèo in Romèo et Juliette, Duke in Rigoletto, Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor, Tamino in The Magic Flute, Alfredo in La Traviata, Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly, and Werther in Werther. He has performed with entities such as: Opera San Jose, Phoenix Opera, Opera North, Piedmont Opera, Opera Circle of Cleveland, Utah Symphony/Opera, Central City Opera, Sun Valley Opera, Festival Opera, Midsummer Mozart Festival, Utah Festival Opera, Harbor Country Opera, Santa Rosa Symphony, Sacramento Choral Society and Orchestra, West Michigan Symphony Orchestra, Traverse Symphony, Pine Mountain Music Festival, and many others. 

This season, Dr. Hurtado will sing the role of Don Jose in Carmen for Pine Mountain Music Festival in Michigan. He recently performed solos in Brahms Liebeslieder, Haydn's Lord Nelson Mass, and Bach's Gloria in Excelsis Deo in Canada for the Algoma Conservatory. Other recent performances include frequrent appearances with ULTIMI 3 Tenors in Hawaii, Michigan, Idaho, Utah, and another Don Jose in Carmen with Utah Valley Symphony. In 2015, Dr. Hurtado reprised the role of Pinkerton for Opera Circle Cleveland's Madama Butterfly, followed by Belmonte in Die Entfürung aus dem Serail with Opera North in New Hampshire.

Dr. Hurtado's vocal students have recently garnered the following acclaim:

National Finalist, Metropolitan Opera Competition 2017 (Eric Taylor)

Winner of Rocky Mountain Regional Metropolitan Opera Competition 2017 (Eric Taylor)

Winner of Utah Region, Metropolitan Opera Competition 2017 (Eric Taylor)

Studio Artist apprenticeship with Central City Opera 2017 (Eric Taylor)

2nd Place, National NATS Vocal Competition 2017, (Claire Glaittli, upper college division)

1st Place, Cal-Western region of NATS Vocal Competition (Claire Glaittli, upper college division)

1st Place, Cal-Western region of NATS Vocal Competition (Esteban Senzig, lower college division)

Dr. Hurtado's students have also 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.  His students are currently performing in professional operas and choirs nation wide, and have won major vocal recognitions including the 3 winners of the YoungArts competition (two Gold medalists and one Presidential Scholar in the Arts finalist), several national finalists in the Classical Singer High School Vocal Competition (including one 1st Place and one 3rd Place over all), and winners of the Schmidt competition, Michigan Verdi Opera Competition and National, regional, and chapter winners of NATS.  Dr. Hurtado is a frequent adjudicator of vocal competitions, and is sought after master class instructor.  He was awarded the prestigious National Association of Teachers of Singing internship in 2011.

 As a stage director, Dr. Hurtado was previously the director of Opera Studio at Westminster College where his productions of The Merry Wives of Windsor and Opera Goes to the Movies received high praise. Other directing credits include The Mikado for Brigham Young University, Amahl and the Night Visitors for Utah Lyric Opera, and Gianni SchicchiThe Magic FluteCosi fan tutte, and various opera scene productions for Utah Lyric Opera Summer Workshops, and Interlochen Arts Academy.

Dr. Hurtado is the founder and director of Utah Vocal Arts Academy and Utah Lyric Opera's summer opera programs. Each July, singers from all around the world come to Utah to perform fully staged operas and receive exceptional training from artists like Deborah Voigt, Wendy Bryn Harmer, Anthony Laciura and others.