“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, Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor, Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly, 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.”
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 2021-22 Mr. Hurtado will make his Utah Opera Debut as Don José in La Tragèdie de Carmen, and revisit the role of Rodolfo in La bohème at the Noorda Center for the Performing Arts. He will also sing the tenor solos in a new work for choir, orchestra and soloists entitled 'A Mosaic for Earth' at Virginia Tech University.
The 2019-2020 season included a canceled debut of a new work entitled "Mosaic for Earth" by Dwight Bigler at Virginia Tech University, an appearance with ULTIMI 3 Tenors in Waimea, Hawaii, Messiah with Southwest Symphony Orchestra (UT), and a recital at Temple Square in Salt Lake City .
During the 2018-2019 season Mr. Hurtado performed recitals in Pesaro and Iesi, Italy and sang the tenor solos in Messiah with Southwest Symphony Orchestra (UT).
The 2017-18 season included an appearance as Don José in Carmen for Pine Mountain Music Festival, MI, Duke in Rigoletto with Utah Lyric Opera and multiple concerts with ULTIMI 3 Tenors.
In 2016, Mr. Hurtado sang the role of Don José in Carmen for Utah Valley Symphony, and appeared with ULTIMI, in concerts for Pine Mountain Music Festival in Michigan. The trio concluded the year with a New Year's Eve performance at the historic Salt Lake Tabernacle at Temple Square.
Mr. Hurtado's 2014-15 season included engagements with Piedmont Opera in North Carolina and Opera Circle Cleveland as Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly. He then performed the role of Belmonte in Die Entfürung aus dem Serail with Opera North, NH. He made multiple appearances with tenor trio, ULTIMI, including performances at the Tabernacle at Temple Square in Salt Lake City, and in Kona, HI.
2013-14 included three portrayals of Rodolfo in La Bohème with Harbor Country Opera, Utah Lyric Opera and Sun Valley Opera (ID), and a reprise of the role of Duke of Mantua in Rigoletto for Opera Circle Cleveland. He also 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 and appeared with Utah Valley Symphony.
Mr. Hurtado has previously appeared with Opera San Jose, 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), Harbor Country Opera, and Opera Theatre of Lucca, Italy.
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.