kallisti joins Maestro Steven Schick and the La Jolla Symphony for two performances of Luciano Berio's1968 masterwork for amplified vocal octet and symphony orchestra, Sinfonia. The forty mintue work will be performed by Kirsten Wiest, Lauren Jones, Hillary Jean Young, Barbara Byers, Bernardo Bermudez, Jonathan Nussman, Philip Larson and kallisti artistic director , Susan Narucki.
For tickets and more information: La Jolla Symphony Box Office.
February 11, 20177:30 P.M. Mandeville Audiorium, UC San Diego
February 12, 20172:00 P.M. Mandeville AuditoriumU.C. San Diego
Longtime collaborators, soprano Susan Narucki and pianist Donald Berman present an evening of works for voice and piano that combine intensity of expression and overarching lyricism.
The concert's first half juxtaposes two works by György Kurtág: Three Old Inscriptions and Requiem For the Beloved with selections from Robert Schumann's Kerner Lieder, op. 35 . Alexander Zemlinsky's Op 13, a set of six songs to poems by Maurice Maeterlinck and works by American composer James Primosch complete the program. Narucki and Berman have collaborated on a number of critically acclaimed recordings, including Song Cycles of Aaron Jay Kernis (Koch), Music From the American Academy in Rome (Bridge) and The Light That is Felt: Songs by Charles Ives (New World), for which they earned the Classical Recording Foundation's Samuel Sanders Award for Distinguished Collaboration.
Soprano Susan Narucki joins conductor Teddy Abrams and the Louisville Symphony Orchestra in their celebration of American music. Narucki will present four selections from Sarah Kirkland Snider's song cycle Penelope, arranged for voice and orchestra: The stranger with the face of a man I loved The lotus eater, Dead Friend, Baby teeth, bones, and bullets. Ms. Narucki will also join the orchestra in selections from Maestro Abram's forthcoming operaAn Ali Portrait, about the life of the late Muhammad Ali.
kallisti presents a double bill of Poulenc's La voix humaine, featuring soprano Hillary Jean Young and pianist Kyle Blair and three rarely heard micro-operas by American minimalist Tom Johnson. Poulenc's 1958 monodrama for solo soprano, with its psychological complexity, is juxtaposed with Johnson's light-hearted works. Featuring kallisti: Kirsten Ashley Wiest, Lauren Jones, Ashley Cutright, Barbara Byers, Jonathan Nussman, produced by artistic director Susan Narucki with stage direction by Narucki, Celeste Oram and Jonathan Nussman.
The creative team of Inheritance has been awarded a June 2017 residency at the Leighton Artist's Colony at the Banff Center for the Arts. Composer Lei Liang, designer Ligia Bouton, librettist Matt Donovan, stage director Acushla Bastible and soprano Susan Narucki will enjoy a week-long residency in order to discuss and workshop aspects of the opera at a crucial stage of development.
Increasingly, new operas have contemporary issues as their focus. Can opera become a springboard for meaningful public conversation and contribute to positive societal change, building collaborations and partnerships across cultural, civic and political institutions? Susan Narucki and Dr. Pablo Gomez will present an hour long presentation for artists, educators and opera administrators and presenters at the National Opera Association's annual conference. A precise schedule for the talk will be available in October.