Meet the Artists
Michelle Marie Pedersen, soprano, has appeared as a soloist throughout the Pacific Northwest, and performed roles on both the operatic and musical theatre stages. Ms. Pedersen holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in both Vocal Performance and Music Education from Oregon State University and a Masters of Music in Vocal Performance from the University of Utah. She has been a Visiting Professor of Musical Theatre Voice at the University of Memphis Theatre & Dance Department, and is currently working on her Doctoral of Musical Arts in Vocal Performance. Michelle has recently performed with the Salt Lake Choral Artists on their “Considering Matthew Shepard” and Mozart “Requiem” concerts, andwas a featured soloist with the Salt Lake Symphony on the premier of a new work for soprano and orchestra by local composer Andrew Maxfield. Other recent singing engagements include: Lucy the beggar woman (Sweeney Todd), Gilda (Rigoletto), Bellamy Babcock (The Fantastiks), Musetta (La Bohème), Bloody Mary (South Pacific), Madame Lidoine (Dialogues des Carmèlites), Donna Anna (Don Giovanni), Lucia (Lucia di Lammermoor), The Old Lady (Candide), and Mother (Amahl and the Night Visitors).
Hailed for her incredibly balanced voice, even tone, and sensitive musicianship, Aubrey enjoys an active career singing Opera, musical theater, chamber music, art song, and symphonic works. In addition to her live performance art, she will be releasing her first album of crossover song covers in a matter of weeks! Her love for music began young and she continues to explore repertoire that challenges her. She discovered her love for twentieth-century music and collaborating with composers during her work with Claudio Abbado and the New York Philharmonic. In her home of Salt Lake City, she performs with the prestigious Utah Symphony, Intermezzo, Utah Opera, Eutopia, Cathedral of the Madeleine concert series, and Utah Lyric Opera. Among others, Aubrey has performed: Sea Pictures, Barber of Seville, Mahler’s fourth symphony, Britten’s Noye’s Fludde, Man of La Mancha, St. Paulus, Rutter spirituals, Lucia Di Lammermoor, Handel’s Dixit Dominus, and Messiah, Mozart’s C Minor Mass, Requiem, La Clemenza di Titto, Marriage of Figaro, and Cosi fan Tutte. Aubrey was a recipient of the Marion Anderson Scholarship at Westminster Choir College, the Penrose Scholar at Central City Opera, and a two-time district finalist in the Metropolitan Opera competition and received the encouragement award. Aubrey also enjoys working with composers and singing new works. She was involved in the workshop of Ricky Ian Gordan’s Grapes of Wrath and has performed in Little Women by Mark Adamo at Central City and Utah Opera. She debuted the Requiems of both Alfonso Tenriero, and Jeff Manookian. In addition to Aubrey’s busy performance career, Aubrey teaches and serves as Vice President of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, Northern Utah Chapter. Aubrey is a professor at both Utah Valley University and Westminster College. In addition to holding studios at two universities, Aubrey has an active private studio and performs regularly.
“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 Don José in Carmen, Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly, Werther in Werther, the Duke in Rigoletto, Tamino in Die Zauberflöte, Rodolfo in La Bohème, Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor, Alfredo in La Traviata, and Roméo in Roméo et Juliette, Mr. Hurtado is “the complete package.” Most recently in 2022, Hurtado performed as tenor soloist with Opera Roanoke in their season opener, “Opera Gems,” under the baton of Maestro Steven White. He was also seen in the role of Don José in Carmen for Utah Festival Opera. He covered the role of Cavaradossi in Tosca, and revisited the role of Rodolfo in La bohème at the Noorda Center for the Performing Arts alongside Marina Costa-Jackson’s Mimì. He also performed the tenor solos in a new work for choir, orchestra and soloists entitled “A Mosaic for Earth” at Virginia Tech University, Mozart’s Requiem with Millennial Choirs and Orchestras in Salt Lake City and Handel’s Messiah with the Southwest Symphony. 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 has been studying voice with Jack LiVigni since 2020, moving into the spinto tenor repertoire. He was trained as a young artist with Central City Opera, Opera North and Utah Festival Opera. He holds degrees in voice from Florida State University, Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and Brigham Young University.
Bass-baritone, Seth Keeton’s performances have been described by The New York Times as “driven” and “emotionally pointed.” He has performed roles on the stages of Utah Opera, The Minnesota Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, Ft. Worth Opera, Central City Opera, Arizona Opera, Indianapolis Opera, Austin Lyric Opera and Opera Omaha, Chautauqua Opera, Mill City Summer Opera, and Theater Bremen in Bremen, Germany. In 2006, he was a national finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and has received awards from the Sullivan Foundation and the Eleanor McCollum Competition. In art song and in recital, Keeton’s creative expression takes many forms, and he delights in creating unusual song recitals for himself and his students. As a performer he presents tightly knit recitals, singing pieces in unique combination and often including rarely performed works. As a scholar Keeton has created an online song index, SongHelix, that makes it easy to find related song repertoire. This index will help singers and pianists find forgotten song repertoire as well as discover new vocal works, and can be found at www.songhelix.com. Mr. Keeton received his Doctorate of Musical Arts in Vocal Performance from the University of Minnesota and is an Assistant Professor of Voice at the University of Utah School of Music. He lives in Salt Lake City with his wife, Angie, and son, Miles.