CLARA HURTADO LEE
Biography​

 

Clara Hurtado Lee's warm and brilliant soprano voice and skilled dramatic interpretations shine on opera, oratorio, recital, and musical theater stages throughout the Intermountain Region and abroad in Italy.

Ms. Hurtado Lee's 2018 season included soloing in Handel's Messiah (Oratorio Society of Utah and Draper Symphony),  Bach's Magnificat (Alpine Chamber Choirs conducted by Derrick Fox), A staged version of Bach's St Matthew Passion (Salt Lake Choral Artists conducted by Brady Allred and directed by Anthony Buck), Brahms' Requiem (The Temple Square Chorale and Orchestra at Temple Square conducted by Ryan Murphy),Celebrating Terpsichore: A Salon Concert (Ballet West Guild), Random Acts of Opera (Utah Opera) at the Utah Arts Festival, Schubert's Shepherd on the Rock (Intermezzo Concert Series with Vedrana Subotic and Lee Livengood), Gilda (cover for Jennifer Welch Babige) in Verdi's Rigoletto (Utah Light Opera), Concerts in Italy for the Friends of Gioachino Rossini and Pergolesi societies, Handel’s Messiah (Oratorio Society of Utah and the Draper Symphony),  and Dan Forrest’s Lux: Dawn from on High and Benjamin Britten’s Ceremony of Carols (Salt Lake Vocal Artists)

In 2016-2017 Ms. Hurtado Lee made her Utah Opera debut as a featured ensemble member and cover for Aldonza and Maria.  She soloed in a Vivaldi cantata with Wasatch Chorale, in Messiah with Draper Symphony, and with Salt Lake Choral Artists in their Christmas concert.  She also performed the role of Micaela in Carmen with Lyrical Opera theater and sang the roles of Gabriel and Eve in Haydn's Creation with Salt Lake Choral Artists.  

 

In 2015-2016 Clara sang Aldonza in the Draper Arts Council production of Man of La Mancha.  She appeared with the Draper Symphony as the soprano soloist in Handel's Messiah and with the Utah Valley Symphony as the soprano soloist in Howard Blake's The Snowman. She was a featured guest in Utah Lyric Opera's Valentine's Concert "Love is in the Air" opposite Ultimi 3 Tenors.  Ms. Hurtado Lee collaborated with soprano Melissa Heath, pianist Jeffrey Price, mezzo-soprano Demaree Brown, and trumpeter Seretta Hart in a concert on the Temple Square Concert Series.  She closed the spring singing the roles Mimi and Musetta in Puccini's La Boheme (in alternate casts) with Lyrical Opera Theater. 

2014-2015 included a Gala Performance with Utah Lyric Opera sharing the stage with Metropolitan Opera soprano Jennifer Welch Babige.  Ms. Hurtado Lee competed in the national art song competition NATS Artist Award winning for the Cal-Western Region and competing as a National Semi-Finalist in Boston where she recieved the Harold Stark award.  Ms. Hurtado Lee performed on the Springville Museum of Art Concert Series in two concerts; one alongside Carol Anderson, pianist and one with the Nancy Marriott Vocal Quartet and pianist Jed Moss.  She had multiple radio appearances and interviews on Classical 89.  Clara completed her first Doctoral recital featuring works of Szymanowski, Ravel, Bloch, Schubert, Handel, and Leroy Robertson.  As a concert soloist Clara appeared with the Salt Lake Choral Artists at the ACDA convention and with the Draper Symphony in Handel's Messiah.  She sang exerpts of Charles Wakefield's opera Shaneweis with Composer's Discovery Initiative.  Ms. Hurtado Lee was featured by Utah Opera in a concert with tenor Brian Stucki and pianist Jason Hardink as a cultural presentation in the General Episcopal Convention.  

Clara's Opera roles include; Adina in Donizetti's L'Elisir d'AmoreAnne in Nicolai's Merry Wives of WindsorAnnina in Verdi's La TraviataBelinda in Purcell's Dido and AeneasCupidón in Offenbach's Orphée aux Enfers, Lucia in Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor, Madame Goldentrill (Herz) in Mozart's ImpresarioMicaela in Bizet's CarmenMimi and Musetta in Puccini's La BohèmePamina in Mozart's Die Zauberflöte, Sophie in Strauss' Der Rosenkavalier, Suor Genovieffa in Puccini's Suor Angelica, and Susanna in Mozart's Nozze di Figaro.

 

Her Operetta roles include:

Rose Maybud in Gilbert and Sullivan's Ruddigore, and Gianetta in Gilbert and Sullivan's The Gondoliers.   

Ms. Hurtado Lee has appeared with American West Symphony, Ballet West Guild, Collaborative Vocal Artists of Utah, Draper Symphony, Intermezzo Chamber Music Series, La Musica Lirica (Italy), Lyrical Opera Theater, Mormon Artist's Group, Oratorio Society of Utah, The Orchestra of Temple Square and The Temple Square Chorale, Quest Productions, Salt Lake Choral Artists, Salt Lake Vocal Artists, Standing Opera Company, Utah Symphony & Utah Opera, Utah & Idaho Performing Arts Company, Utah Light Opera, Utah Lyric Opera, and Utah Lyric Opera Ensemble.

 

As a recitalist she performes on the Temple Square Concert Series, Springville Museum of Art Concert Series, and Expositions Concert Series.  

 

​Ms. Hurtado Lee shines as a frequent concert soloist. Her concert works include; Bach's Magnificat, Bach's St Matthew Passion, Beethoven's Choral Fantasy, Berlioz' Romeo and Juliet (petite choeur), Brahms' Requiem, Faure's Requiem, Gardner's Joseph Smith the Prophet, Handel's Israel in Egypt, Handel's Messiah, Jenkins' The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace, Mozart's Regina Coeli, Mozart Mass in C minor, Pergolesi's Stabat Mater, Rutter's Magnificat, Schubert's Mass in G, Vivaldi's GloriaLloyd Weber's Requiem.   

 

Ms. Hurtado Lee has studied with; Dr. Carol Ann Allred, Brygida Bziukiewicz-Kulig, Darrell and Jennifer Babidge, Dr. Robert Breault, Doris Brunatti, Betty Jeanne Chipman, Lorna Haywood, François Loup, Dr, Hubert Noé, and Celena Shafer. 

 

Ms. Hurtado Lee was selected to sing in master classes with; Alberto Zedda, Delora Zajick, Heidi Grant Murphy, Kelly O'Hara, Stanford Olsen, James Schwabacher, and William Bolcom.

Ms. Hurtado Lee began her Doctoral studies in the Fall of 2014 at the University of Utah where she won a coveted spot in the Nancy Marriott Graduate Vocal Quartet.  

   

​She teaches voice at Utah Valley University.