Soprano Susan Narucki's 2016-17 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.
On August 20 2016, CANAL 22 International will broadcast Imaginante Productions film of Cuatro Corridos on international affiliate stations, including in the United States. The hour-long broadcast will take place on at 16:30 Central Time/14:30 Pacific Time. Cuatro Corridos was performed at the Theatre de las Artes, CENART, Mexico City in May, 2015; the hour long film is a full presentation of the last performance of three performances. This is the fourth broadcast of Cuatro Corridos on Canal 22 since its debut in September 2015.
Highlights of the season includes a performance of Berio's Sinfonia with conductor Steven Schick and the La Jolla Symphony with Narucki's kallisti ensemble. In addition, the soprano collaborates with American pianist Donald Berman in a new recital offering, which includes works of Győrgy Kurtág, Robert Schumann, Zemlinsky and American composer James Primosch. In April, Narucki appears with the Louisville Orchestra conducted by the dynamic young American conductor Teddy Abrams, in works of Sarah Kirkland Snider and selections from Abram'sforthcoming opera about Muhammed Ali, An Ali Portrait.
August, 2016 sees the Naxos release of American composer Peter Lewis's CD, . The Four Cycles. The disc includes Three Songs from Ish River, recorded by Susan Narucki and guitarist Colin McAllister. Peter Scott Lewis is based in San Francisco, and his deeply expressive music is much in demand; The Four Cycles collects his complete vocal music to date.
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 is scheduled for performance in Fall, 2018.
Her kallisti ensemble will present "The Voice Machine" an unorthodox evening of new works, in partnership with Stanford University. Ms. Narucki is one of the invited speakers at the 2017 National Opera Association conference, and will speak about the power of 21st Century Opera to create conversations that matter. Finally, November 2016 sees the long-awaited CD release of Cuatro Corridos, a chamber opera addressing the subject of human trafficking, on Bridge Records.
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.
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 Fall, 2018.
Ms. Narucki was appointed Professor of Music at the University of California, San Diego in 2008.