"Jehú is a rising star of international stature,
- Pro Arte Musical
Puerto Rican tenor Jehú Otero was chosen as a 2022-2023 Resident Artist at Utah Opera. He has a Master’s degree in Voice from The Shepherd School of Music at Rice University (2020), where he studied under the guidance of Dr. Stephen King. He also possesses a Bachelor’s degree in Voice (2018) and a Bachelor’s degree in Classical Guitar (2014) from the Puerto Rico Conservatory of Music. In addition, Jehú is a 2021-2022 Olga Iglesias Project fellow.
Jehú Otero opens his 2022-2023 season performing the role of Peasant in Donizetti’s La fille du régiment, the role of Borsa and covering Duke in Verdi’s Rigoletto and singing in the ensamble of M. Bates & M. Campbell's The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs with Utah Opera. This season, he will sing as the tenor soloist in Handel's Messiah with Utah Opera and will be singing in Mozart's Great Mass in C minor with Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra. In the summer of 2023, Jehú will be join Santa Fe Opera covering Rolando Villazón the role of Orfeo in Monteverdi's L'Orfeo.
In the summer of 2022, Jehú portrayed the role of Bazile in Lafayette Opera’s tour production of Grétry’s Silvain, where he debuted at the Kennedy Center. He also sang in Lafayette Opera’s Concert Spirituel aux Caríbes at the Kennedy Center. Jehú performed the role of John in the world premier of the opera ¿Y los pasteles? by Johanny Navarro. In March 2022, he sang the role of Langston in A Space of Sky (Another City) for a workshop with the Houston Grand Opera, which he also performed during the summer of 2021. In December 2021, Jehú toured with the Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra for a series of Christmas Concerts.
In 2019 Jehú sang the role of Chucho in El Milagro del Recuerdo with the Houston Grand Opera. Jehú also sang the role of Miles Zegner in Proving Up by the American composer Missy Mazzoli. During the summer, he performed the role of Mr. Erlanson in the Sondheim's A Little Night Music at the Aspen Music Festival. He also sang the role of Anselmo for a second season in Johanny Navarro’s Frenesí. In 2018, Jehú was Pane in Cavalli’s La Calisto and Elder Hayes in Susannah by Carlisle Floyd. Jehú was the tenor soloist in Handel's Messiah with the Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra. In 2017, he was Tamino in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte with the Puerto Rico Music Conservatory.
Jehú Otero was a District Winner of the Laffont Competition (2021) in Puerto Rico, where he received the La Zarzuela Award (2021). He has received multiple awards including the Jim and Molly Crownover Endowed Scholarship in Voice (2019) at Rice University, the Matt Stoner Award (2019) at Rice University, the Vincent Foundation Scholarship (2019) at Aspen Music Festival, the annual Provost Award (2018) at Rice University, and the Roberto I. Ferdman Prize (2018) granted by Pro Arte Musical.
Jehú is a founding member of Fourte Guitar Quartet. The group released their debut album Puerto Rico a Cuatro Guitarras in 2021. In the summer of 2013, 2014 and 2017 the quartet participated in the Celedonio Romero Guitar Institute in Oklahoma City, USA. During the Institute’s final concerts, Fourte Guitar shared the stage with Pepe Romero and played with the Romero Guitar Institute Orchestra.