DECEMBER 25, 2017
It’s not a shiny or cuddly present, but “Cuatro Corridos,” a provocative chamber opera by UC San Diego professor Susan Narucki and Mexican author Jorge Volpi, offers a needed glimpse into the grim reality of sex trafficking. The 2016 recording of the opera earned a Best Classical Contemporary Composition Latin Grammy nomination for “Azucena,” composed by Hebert Vázquez and sung by Narucki. UC San Diego professor Lei Liang also composed a piece for “Corridos.”.......
DECEMBER 11, 2017
The Poulenc “Gloria” is a masterpiece, and Schick, orchestra and chorus elevated the concert to a higher level in its outstanding execution.
Soprano soloist Susan Narucki brought beauty of tone and emotional intensity to this celebration of God’s love and mercy, and the orchestra was, in a word, superb.
Dazzled, almost overwhelmed, audience members were humming Poulenc’s melodies as they left, carrying their jackets in their hands on a spring evening in December.
NOVEMBER 12, 2017
U-T SAN DIEGO /ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT/COVER STORY
UC San Diego music professor Susan Narucki really, really dislikes text messaging.
That is why this acclaimed opera and chamber music singer belatedly learned about the Latin Grammy nomination for “Cuatro Corridos” (“Four Songs”). She commissioned, championed and is the sole vocalist on this provocative, bi-national chamber opera about human trafficking.
And that is why UCSD adjunct faculty member Pablo Gómez, who plays guitar on the 2016 album version of “Cuatro Corridos,” had to ditch texting Narucki in favor of a more visceral form of communication.
“I was coming from a meeting in late September at the university for one of the committees I work on, and I got a text from Pablo. I ignored it, because I ignore all text messages,” Narucki recalled with a chuckle.
“Someone told him I was in the music building, so he ran up to my office, knocked on the door, and said: ‘Susan, Susan, Susan! We got a Grammy nomination!’ ”
The nomination, for Best Classical Contemporary Composition, is for “Azucena,” whose music was written by Hebert Vázquez and references corridos — the Mexican folk tradition that translates as “stories in songs.”
“Azucena” is the first of four acts in this challenging but richly rewarding opera, which Narucki has tirelessly spearheaded since 2012.
OCTOBER 1, 2017
The 2016 recording of Cuatro Corridos on the Bridge Records label has earned a 2017 Latin Grammy Nomination. Hebert Vázquez' stunning "Azucena", the first scene of the opera, has been nominated in the Best Contemporary Classical Composition category.
The Latin Grammy Awards will be announced on November 16, 2017 and broadcast on Univision.