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Cuatro Corridos is a chamber opera addressing one of the most critical human rights issues of our time: human trafficking. Based on true events, it tells the story of women trapped in a cycle of prostitution and slavery in and around the San Diego/Tijuana border region and represents an unprecedented collaboration between internationally acclaimed Mexican and US-based creative artists.
Led by Grammy Award winning soprano Susan Narucki and noted Mexican author Jorge Volpi, the fully-staged production features original music by composers Hilda Paredes, Arlene Sierra, Lei Liang and Hebert Vázquez. Each composer gives voice to one of the four female characters by presenting one act in the hour-long drama.
Distinguished performers of new music, percussionist Steven Schick/Ayano Kataoka, pianist Aleck Karis, and guitarist Pablo Gomez, accompany Narucki in sharing the compelling stories of four women whose lives are scarred by human trafficking. The powerful production, conceived by Narucki and artist-activist Karen Guancione makes extensive use of iconic set elements and striking original graphic animation projected on a "border wall" that travels with the production.
However, Cuatro Corridos is more than a chamber opera. It represents and ongoing project to raise awareness about human trafficking through creative educational platforms and events organized in partnership with human rights organizations. Two free educational public events including a panel discussion with the composers and a forum featuring respected regional experts on human trafficking were scheduled in conjunction with the opera’s opening weekend.
Sold out world premiere performances at Conrad Prebys Experimental Theater at UCSD in May of 2013 met with immediate critical acclaim. Cuatro Corridos has received generous support from UC MEXUS, the MAP Fund for the Performing Arts (Doris Duke Charitable Foundation), Yellow Barn Music Festival, and the Department of Music at the University of California, San Diego.
For more information, visit the project website
I'm very pleased that the recording of James Primosch's Sacred Songs was released on the Bridge Records label in April 2014. I am a longtime fan of Jim's music, and sang three of his exquisite cycles on this disc.
Currently in process are recordings of two song cycles for voice and ensemble of American composer Aaron Helgeson with Talea for Innova. We recently received a Copland Grant in support of the project, which will be released in 2015.
If you'd like to look at my discography, please click here.
kallisti was established by Grammy Award winning soprano Susan Narucki at UC San Diego in 2009
to perform music for voice, including contemporary chamber opera, vocal chamber music and newly commissioned works
to mentor young singers as performers and advocates of the arts
to provide opportunities and mentoring for young composers writing for voice
to present distinctive, exceptional performances to audiences throughout the San Diego region
kallisti draws its singers from the graduate program in Contemporary Music Performance at UC San Diego and distinguished guest artists. The group made its debut in May 2010 in the West Coast premiere of To Be Sung by French composer Pascal Dusapin. Cast members Stephanie Aston, Tiffany Du Mouchelle, Leslie Leytham, Meghann Welsh and guest artist Philip Larson were led by conductor Jullian Pellicano in a production directed by Susan Narucki. To Be Sung was presented in conjunction with the Capita Foundation's Sound and Vision Project, bringing the arts to partial-hearing, deaf and partially sighted community; the production incorporated gifted American Sign Language interpreters Billie Anne McClellan and Amy Hart.
My life affords me the opportunity to visit extraordinary places in the company of marvelous people. I enjoy taking photographs from time to time and I am pleased to share some of them.
I've done a lot of singing over the past three decades. Here I'll be posting some audio and video of some of the things I've done - coming soon!
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For inquiries about professional engagements (U.S./Asia/South America/Australia) please contact:
Susanna Waiche Pores, Administrative Assistant
3661 Florida Street
San Diego, CA 92104
For engagements in Europe/U.K. please contact:
Martijn Jacobus, Director, Impulse Art Management
Impulse Art Management
P.O. Box 15401
1001 MK Amsterdam
P +31 20 626 6944
F +31 20 622 7118