For over three decades, American soprano Susan Narucki has forged a unique path; her dedication to the music of our time has led to award winning recordings, critically acclaimed performances with musicians of the first rank and close collaborations with generations of composers. Since joining the faculty at the University of California at San Diego in 2008, she has been deeply engaged in commissioning, producing and performing chamber operas that illuminate critical issues in society. Her projects have earned major philanthropic support from the MAP Fund /Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, UC MEXUS, Creative Capital Foundation, New Music USA and multiple awards from the National Endowment for the Arts. Ms. Narucki's most recent production is Inheritance, a chamber opera that addresses gun violence in America. With music by Lei Liang and libretto by Matt Donovan, the world premiere performances of the opera took place at UC San Diego on October 24-27, 2018.
Ms. Narucki also commissioned and produced Cuatro Corridos (2013), the critically acclaimed chamber opera that addresses trafficking of women across the U.S.- Mexico border. With libretto by internationally renowned Mexican author Jorge Volpi, and music by Hebert Vazquez, Arlene Sierra, Lei Liang and Hilda Paredes, the opera has been performed fourteen times in the United States and Mexico and has had multiple broadcasts on Canal 22, Mexico's art and culture television network. Ms. Narucki’s recording of Cuatro Corridos on Bridge Records earned a 2017 Latin Grammy Nomination and was a Critic's Choice of both Opera News and Gramophone.
A dedicated mentor to the next generation of singers, Ms. Narucki's recent residencies include the Shanghai Conservatory of Music, the Aichi University of the Arts, the Longy School of Music and the Oberlin Conservatory. At UC San Diego, she directs the vocal ensemble kallisti. In December 2018, she was appointed Director of Art and Community Engagement, a new program housed within the Institute for the Arts and Humanities at UC San Diego.