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“Money-notes worth every penny,” “wonderful acting,” “movie star good looks,”and “passionate elegance” are just a few of the phrases used by critics to describe tenor Isaac Hurtado. Critically acclaimed for portrayals of Rodolfo in La Bohème, Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly, Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor, Werther in Werther, the Duke in Rigoletto, Tamino in Die Zauberflöte, Alfredo in La Traviata, and Roméo in Roméo et Juliette, Mr. Hurtado is “the complete package.”
During the 2020 pandemic, Mr. Hurtado began studying with Jack LiVigni and has moved more fully into the spinto repertoire. Roles in preparation include Cavaradossi, Puccini's Des Grieux, Rodolfo (Luisa Miller), and Riccardo (Ballo in Maschera).
The 2021-22 season will include Don José in La Tragedie de Carmen with Utah Opera, Rodolfo in La bohème with the Noorda Center for the Performing Arts. Mr. Hurtado will also perform as tenor soloist in A Mosaic for Earth, a new piece by Dwight Bigler for choir, orchestra and soloists for Virginia Tech University.
In 2018-19, Mr. Hurtado performed recitals in Pesaro and Iesi, Italy and sang Don José in Carmen with Pine Mountain Music Festival in Michigan. He also covered the role of Roméo at Utah Opera.
Other recent performances include appearances with Piedmont Opera and Opera Circle Cleveland as Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly, and Belmonte in Die Entfürung aus dem Serail with Opera North (NH). Further activities include multiple appearances with ULTIMI 3 Tenors at the Tabernacle at Temple Square in Salt Lake City, and concerts in Hawaii, Utah, and Idaho.
Other highlights include the role of Rodolfo in three productions of La Bohème with Utah Lyric Opera, Harbor Country Opera (MI), and Sun Valley Opera (ID). He also appeared as the Duke in Rigoletto for Opera Circle Cleveland, and was featured in concert for the Hoku Concert Series in Kona, Hawaii.
Mr. Hurtado spent two seasons as Principal Artist in Residence with Opera San Jose, where he performed the roles of Roméo, Alfredo, Pinkerton, Edgardo, Duca di Mantova, Werther, and Tamino to critical acclaim. He has also appeared with companies such as Phoenix Opera, Utah Festival Opera, Opera North, Opera Circle of Cleveland, Festival Opera at Walnut Creek (CA), Central City Opera, the Bay Area’s Midsummer Mozart Festival, Utah Lyric Opera, Sun Valley Opera, Opera at the Acorn (MI), and Opera Theatre of Lucca, Italy.
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, Mr. Hurtado was heard nationally on National Public Radio’s World of Opera.
In concert, Mr. Hurtado has performed Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the West Michigan Symphony Orchestra, Liszt’s A Faust Symphony with the Traverse Symphony Orchestra, Bach’s Magnificat and G Major Mass with Sacramento Choral Society and Orchestra, Messiah with the Central United Methodist Church (MI), and gala concerts with Utah Symphony and Opera, Festival Opera at Walnut Creek, Temple Square Orchestra and Chorale of Salt Lake City, Santa Rosa Symphony and Martinez Opera.
Mr. Hurtado was trained as a young artist with Central City Opera, Opera North and Utah Festival Opera. He holds DM, MM, and BM degrees in voice performance from Florida State University, Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and Brigham Young University respectively.
"Like a prince charming incarnate he cuts quite a figure on stage. His singing is based on solid, melifluous legato that never falters, and his money notes are worth every penny"
--San Francisco Classical Voice