Clara Hurtado Lee, Isaac Hurtado, and Antonio D’ Abramo:”Viaggio: A Musical Journey Through Europe”

    Friday, October 18
    7:30 p.m. in the Assembly Hall.

    Clara Hurtado Lee is described by critics as a “brilliant” and “sparkling” soprano whose “compelling” performances are “emotionally charged” and “vocally stunning.”

    Clara is a frequent soloist with the region’s top music organizations. Her international credits include performances in Italy and Spain. At home on opera and concert stages, Clara brings drama and artistry to whatever she sings.  Some of Clara’s opera roles include; Gilda, Mimí, Lucia, Pamina, Micaela, Susanna (Nozze di Figaro), Musetta, Cupidon, Sophie (Rosenkavalier), Madame Herz, Adina, and Suor Genovieffa.

    In 2019 Clara joined the Tabernacle Choir training choir and choir school.

    2018 engagements included; Bach’s Magnificat with Alpine Chamber Choirs, Bach’s St. Matthew Passion with Salt Lake Choral Artists, Barber’s Hermit Songs with UNIPAC, Brahms Requiem with The Orchestra of Temple Square and Temple Square Chorale, and Schubert’s Shepherd on the Rock with Intermezzo Chamber Music Series, Gilda in Rigoletto with Utah Lyric Opera, Leonard Bernstein at 100 concert with Utah Opera, Concerts in Italy for the Friends of Gioachino Rossini and Pergolesi societies, Handel’s Messiah with the Oratorio Society of Utah and the Draper Symphony, and Dan Forrest’s Lux: Dawn from on High and Benjamin Britten’s Ceremony of Carols with Salt Lake Vocal Artists.

    2017 highlights included; Handel’s Messiah with Oratorio Society of Utah and Draper Symphony, traveling to Barcelona, Spain as a soloist with Salt Lake Vocal Artists for the World Symposium on Choral Music, singing Micaela in Carmen with Lyrical Opera Theater, singing the roles of Gabriel and Eve in Haydn’s Creation with Salt Lake Vocal Artists, covering Aldonza and Maria in Man of La Mancha with Utah Opera, and Random Acts of Opera at the Utah Arts Festival with Utah Opera.

    Clara taught voice at Utah Valley University and is in the process of completing a DMA in Vocal Performance at the University of Utah.  Clara teaches privately in Draper, Utah where she lives with her husband and three children.

    Isaac Hurtado, Tenor - “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.”

    The 2014-15 season began at Piedmont Opera and Opera Circle Cleveland with performances as Pinkertonin Madama Butterfly followed by 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.

    Mr. Hurtado’s 2013-‐14 season included debuts in 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.

    Antonio D’Abramo, pianist

    This free event is open to the public and will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Assembly Hall.