Soprano Susan Narucki's 2017-18 season is a reflection of her continued commitment to the performance of the music of our time, the creation of new works for voice, mentoring the next generation of singers and placing music at the center of significant conversations.
Ms. Narucki continues development of the chamber opera Inheritance with composer Lei Liang, librettist Matt Donovan and artist Ligia Bouton . Supported by the Creative Capital Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts, the opera addresses America's complicated relationship with guns and gun violence. The world premiere is scheduled for Octoberl, 2018. The creative team recently enjoyed a residency at the Banff Center for the Arts.
Highlights of the soprano's performance season includes Stop Endings, a recital with pianist Donald Berman that features music by Győrgy Kurtág, Robert Schumann, Zemlinsky and American composer James Primosch, in Boston. She collaborates with conductors Gil Rose for a performances of Chinary Ung's Spiral VII for solo voices and chamber orchestra and with Steven Schick and the La Jolla Symphony in Poulenc's Gloria. In February, the soprano pays tribute to the vocal chamber music of Győrgy Kurtág in a San Diego concert that features violinist Curtis Macomber, cimbalomist Nicholas Tolle and bassist Kathryn Schulmeister.
Cuatro Corridos, the 2013 chamber opera that Ms. Narucki commissioned and has performed in the United States and Mexico will travel to Colorado in March, 2018 for its fourteenth performance, at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. The 2016 recording of the opera has earned critical acclaim from Gramophone, Musical Opinion, Musicweb International, Fanfare, Opera News (Critic's Choice) and has earned a 2017 Latin Grammy Nomination.
With luminous tone and distinctive artistry, American soprano Susan Narucki has earned international acclaim for three decades. She has appeared with the Cleveland Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Netherlands Opera, San Francisco Symphony, MET Chamber Ensemble, on the Great Performers Series at Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall with conductors such as Boulez, Levine, Salonen, Tilson Thomas, de Leeuw and Knussen. A dedicated advocate of the music of our time, Ms. Narucki has given over one hundred world premieres, and has enjoyed close collaborations with composers including Andriessen, Kurtág, Carter, Dusapin and Crumb.
Her extensive discography includes both a Grammy Award and Grammy Nomination for Best Classical Vocal Performance; her recording, The Light that Is Felt: Songs of Charles Ives (New World) with pianist Donald Berman was selected as Editor's Choice of BBC Music Magazine. Recent appearances include Opera de Montpellier (Carter's What Next? and Mathis Nitschke's Jetzt), the International Fesival Cervantino, and the West Coast premiere of Andriessen's Die Materie with the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
Ms. Narucki's creative projects introduce modern music to audiences outside traditional concert hall settings and illuminate broader issues in society. Her work has earned major grants from the Creative Capital Foundation, the MAP Fund for the Performing Arts/Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, UC MEXUS and the National Endowment for the Arts. Her most recent project is the critically acclaimed Cuatro Corridos (2013), a chamber opera that addresses human trafficking across the U.S.-Mexican border. With libretto by internationally acclaimed novelist Jorge Volpi and music by Hebert Vazquez, Arlene Sierra, Lei Liang and Hilda Paredes, Cuatro Corridos has had over a dozen performances in the United States and Mexico, including performancea at CENART, Mexico City and at the2015 FIL/Guadalajara International Book Fair, the largest Spanish language book fair in the world. The opera has been broadcast multiple times on CANAL 22, Mexico's art and culture broadcasting network and was nominated for a 2017 Latin Grammy.
Ms. Narucki is currently producing Inheritance, a chamber opera, which focuses on gun violence in America. A collaboration with composer Lei Liang, librettist Matt Donovan and artist Ligia Bouton, Inheritance has been awarded major grants from the Creative Capital Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. It is scheduled to premiere in October, 2018.
Ms. Narucki serves as Professor of Music at the University of California, San Diego.