JANUARY 13, 2016     
Cuatro corridos / UC SAN DIEGO

Opera. Soloist and producer. After a dozen national and international performances, Cuatro Corridos, the critically acclaimed chamber opera addressing human trafficking, returns to UC San Diego during Human Trafficking Awareness Month. The Los Angeles Times described the opera as “modern and meaningful,” “shockingly true to the material,” and “an opera not to be missed.”


Residency, lectures and performances. In performance with Tim Weiss and the Oberlin Contemporary Ensemble in songs of sheer nothingness by Aaron Helgeson and Sebastian Currier’s Vocalissimus.   Lectures: "Poems of Sheer Nothingness: From Commission to CD Release" (with Aaron Helgeson) and "The Singer and the Composer: Creating New Vocal Music."    

March 4-8, 2016  Letters from Home - EDWARD SMALDONE

Vocal chamber music. With flutist Judith Mendenhall, pianist Donald Pirrone and clarinetist Charles Neidich in performances and recording of Edward Smaldone's cycle Letters From Home, an intimate and colorful portrait of domestic life in mid-century America. 

May 11, 13 & 14, 2016 Noon at Dusk

kallisti, chamber opera; stage director and producer. World premiere of Noon at Dusk, a chamber opera by Stephen Lewis. The production featured singers of kallisti directed by Susan Narucki, with production and lighting design by Jessica C. Flores, and led by conductor Dana Sadava. 

"...an elegant, slow moving exposition of the subconscious thoughts and inner arguments of the six cast members....This constantly shifting sonic world proved fascinating and effective, brilliantly played by a crack team of thirteen musicians ably conducted by Dana Sadava...

The leads sang with a sound and control of the composer’s difficult musical lines that one might expect from totally mature new music specialists..

...The extremely effective minimalist production and the slow moving video projection of the chief characters during their individual arias gave us an unexpected pathway into their tortured subconscious...

...This was a fully professional production in the best sense of the word. If it was ever to be characterized as a “student production,” it would be so in name only..."

- San Diego Story

October 7 & 8, 2016    uc San Diego

October 16 and 17, 2016       stanford university

kallisti    "The Voice Machine"   Seminar, performance, world premiere chamber operas.

What will operas of the future sound and look like?  In the culmination of Re-imagining Opera, a year long collaborative project between composers and performers at UC San Diego and Stanford University led by Susan Narucki and Jarek Kapucinski, brings new works that transcend the ordinary, weaving together voices, electronics, new media and theater for a glimpse at one possible future.  Performers of kallisti premiere new works by Alex Hay, Jessie Marino, Caroline Miller and Constantin Basica.