2012


January 15, 2012
Hayes Biggs' Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs, Miller Recital Hall at Manhattan School of Music, New York City

Soprano Susan Narucki and pianist Christopher Oldfather present the world premiere of New York composer Hayes Biggs' Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs as part of an evening of the music honoring the composer at the Manhattan School of Music, New York, New York.  


February 3, 2012
Grisey and Clancy with Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, Birmingham, U.K.  

Soprano Susan Narucki joins conductor Clement Power and the members of the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group for the world premiere of Findentotenlieder for soprano and ensemble by BCMG composer in residence, Seán Clancy and for Gerard Grisey's masterwork Quatre chants pour franchir le seuil.


March 5, 2012
Camera Lucida performs Schoenberg's Second String Quartet, Conrad Prebys Music Center, UC San Diego

Soprano Susan Narucki joins members of the San Diego Symphony and cellist Charles Curtis in a performance of Schoenberg's Second String Quartet, for string quartet and voice, on the Camera Lucida chamber music series.


March 10, 2012 
Mahler Symphony No. 4 with Portland Youth Philharmonic at Arlene Schnitzer Hall, Portland, Oregon

Soprano Susan Narucki joins conductor David Hattner and the Portland Youth Philharmonic in a performance of Mahler's Fourth Symphony at the Arlene Schnitzer Hall, Portland, Oregon.


March 30, 31  2012 
Anthony Davis' Lear on the Second Floor, Berlind Theatre, Princeton University

Composed by Davis with a libretto by Allan Havis, Lear on the 2nd Floor is a contemporary take on Shakespeare’s King Lear. Susan Narucki portrays Nora Lear, a prominent neuroscience researcher beset with early-onset Alzheimer’s. As Nora loses her bearings and her autonomy, she is increasingly at the mercy of her three quarreling daughters. Nora’s dead husband, Mortimer is Shakespeare’s fool in this version and is her constant companion as she walks through a world where the past and present blend and reality bends. Davis’ arrangement and instrumentation reflect diverse influences ranging from classical opera to jazz to reggae.

Opera News has called Anthony Davis a “National Treasure” for his pioneering work in opera. He is a Professor of Music at the University of California, San Diego.


April 5, 2012
Schoenberg's Pierrot Lunaire, Tufts University, Boston, Massachusetts

The culminating event of a forum on Pierrot Lunaire organized by Tufts Faculty members Donald Berman and Schoenberg scholar Joseph Auner. Susan Narucki joins Boston musicians Joanna Kurkowicz, Emmanuel Feldman, Diane Heffner, Sarah Brady and Berman for a performance celebrating the centennial of this seminal 20th Century masterwork.


April 25, 2012
UCSD Concert Series "Weds@7" Songs by Zemlinsky, Webern and Kurtág  at Conrad Prebys Music Center, UC San Diego

Soprano Susan Narucki and pianist Aleck Karis present an evening of works for voice and piano: songs by Alexander Zemlinsky, Anton Webern, op. 4, and Kurtág's Three Old Inscriptions, op. 25. Also on the program, bass baritone Philip Larson in songs of Brahms, Mahler and Wolf. The program is part of UCSD Department of Music's Concert Series: Weds@7.


May 30, June 1 and 2, 2012
Viktor Ullman's The Kaiser of Atlantis with kallisti ensemble at Conrad Prebys Music Center, San Diego

UCSD faculty members Susan Narucki and Steven Schick join graduate students from UC San Diego Department of Music and special guests in performance of Viktor Ullman's powerful chamber opera The Kaiser of Atlantis. Written in 1943, while the composer was interred in the concentration camp, Theresienstadt. When the opera's obvious references to the Nazi regime were discovered during rehearsal, the work was banned; it had tragic consequences for the composer and his family. Miraculously, the work survived.

The story is a type of fable. After a protracted and violent war, Death discovers that his job has been taken away from him by The Kaiser of Atlantis. Death decides to go on strike; all of a sudden the concept of war, victory and defeat becomes irrelevant. The result is moving and heartbreaking.

The cast includes sopranos Tiffany Du Mouchelle, Bonnie Lander and Alice Teyssier, guest artists baritones Vince Vincent, Ryan Reithmeier, tenors Gerald Seminatore and UCSD Professor Philip Larson. Professor Steven Schick conducts UCSD's new music ensemble palimpsest, Susan Narucki directs. The production team includes costume designer, Orli Nativ and Gaeun Kim as scenic designer, both from UCSD's Department of Theater and Dance.

'The Kaiser of Atlantis' is an initiative of kallisti, whose mission includes presenting works of modern music theater in an intimate setting, led by Susan Narucki.


July 6, 2012
Yellow Barn Music School and Festival, Putney, Vermont

Soprano Susan Narucki returns to the acclaimed Yellow Barn Music Festival and School during July 1-15, serving as a faculty member alongside some of today's most distinguished chamber musicians. Narucki will be a soloist in four concerts. On opening night of the festival, Friday, July 6, she will perform an aria from J.S. Bach's Cantata No. 84 Ich bin vergnügt mit meinem Glücke.

Visit www.yellowbarn.org for more information about Yellow Barn School and Music Festival.

July 7, 2012
Dmitri Shostakovich: Romanzen Suite at Yellow Barn Music Festival, Putney, Vermont

Soprano Susan Narucki joins Wahnzen Li, violin, Michael Katz, cello and pianist Peter Frankl in a performance of Shostakovich's Romanzen Suite at Yellow Barn Music Festival. 

July 12, 2012
Jonathan Harvey: Song Offerings, Yellow Barn Music Festival, Putney, Vermont

Jonathan Harvey's exquisite cycle  Song Offerings (1985) performed by Susan Narucki, soprano; Ana Valderrama, violin; Nicholas Mann, violin; DJ Cheek, viola; Christine Lamprea, cello; Samuel S. Suggs, double bass; Ray Furuta, flute; Elinor Rufeizen, clarinet; Marina Radiushina, piano.

July 14, 2012
Alexander Raskatov: Let There Be Night, Yellow Barn Music Festival, Putney, Vermont

Alexander Raskatov's Let There Be Night (1989) in a performance by Susan Narucki, voice; Hannah Choi, violin; Rose Hashimoto, viola; Jean-Michel Fonteneau, cello.
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August 14, 2012
Salt Bay Chamberfest, Damariscotta, Maine

Susan Narucki joins Salt Bay Chamberfest artistic director and cellist Wilhelmina Smith along with Daniel Druckman, Tom Sauer and Burt Hara in a performance of Foss' classic Time Cycle, along with songs by Franz Schubert.

November 30, 2012
Carter and Nitschke at L'Opèra National de Montpellier, Montpellier, FRANCE

Debut with the L'Opèra Naitional de Montpellier in the a double bill which includes the French premiere of Elliott Carter's "What Next?"  and the world premiere of Mathis Nitschke's JETZT.   I'm reprising the role of 'Mama' in Carter's modern classic.
www.opera-orchestre-montpellier.fr/francais/rep_lyrique_jetzt.html

December 2, 2012
Carter and Nitschke at L'Opèra National de Montpellier, Montpellier, FRANCE

A repeat of the November 30, 2012 performance. 


December 6, 2012
Roger Reynolds' Seasons: Cycle II with Alarm will Sound at Paine Hall, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts

Join conductor Alan Pierson and members of Alarm will Sound in the Harvard Composer-in-Residence Roger Reynolds' Seasons: Cycle II. The piece was written for Susan Narucki and Alarm will Sound. Seasons: Cycle II had its world premiere in July 2011 at the Mizzou New Music Festival in Missouri.