October 7, 2013
D Magazine Review on the Nasher Sculpture Center performance of Cuatro Corridos
D Magazine - The Classical Note:
An Opera By Four Different Composers Shouldn't Work, But Cuatro Corridos Does
Cuatro Corridos , an hour-long, four-scene opera for soprano, guitar, percussion, and piano, opened the fourth season of the Soundings new music series at the Nasher Sculpture Center Friday night. And as with all previous installments of this innovative series, the performance provided a completely engaging, stimulating, and thought-provoking evening. The streak of quality from Soundings was all the more remarkable considering that, in theory, a one-hour opera by four different composers (Hebert Váquez, Arlene Sierra, Lei Liang, and Hilda Paredes) shouldn’t work. Read more...
September 18, 2013
San Diego Union Tribune's Jim Chute spreads the word about Cuatro Corridos
August 18, 2013
Cuatro Corridos in Tijuana, B.C. Mexico
I'm proud to announce that Cuatro Corridos will be travelling to Tijuana, B.C. Mexico next month at the Casa de la Cultura. I'll be joined by pianist Aleck Karis, guitarist Pablo Gomez and percussionist Ayano Kataoka in a performance of the fully staged production. We've formed a binational partnership with IMAC (the Municipal Institute for Art and Culture) in order to promote a free performance scheduled on September 28, 2013 at 7 p.m. in the historic Casa de la Cultura Theater. The performance is to be preceded by a Spanish language forum on human trafficking and followed by a post performance reception. For more information and to learn more about the project, visit cuatrocorridos.com/
August 1, 2013
Anthony Davis' Lear on the Second Floor - UCSD TV
The UCSD - TV Broadcast of Anthony Davis' Lear on the Second Floor is available for online streaming: at www.ucsd.tv/search-details.aspx
Premiered in March, 2013, the opera earned critical acclaim from the San Diego Union Tribune and San Diego performing arts journalist Charlene Baldridge The production featured soprano Susan Narucki, baritone Philip Larson and UCSD graduate students Bonnie Lander, Tiffany Du Mouchelle, Sara Perez and Alice Teyssier.
July 15, 2013
Yellow Barn Radio
Soprano Susan Narucki, violinist Violaine Melancon, Wai Lau clarinet and Qing Jiang, pianist, perform Widmann's Sieben Abgesänge auf eine Toten Linden on Yellow Barn radio. From the July 13, 2013 performance in Putney Vermont www.yellowbarn.org/
June 27, 2013
Cuatro Corridos - a look back, a look forward
The world premiere performances of Cuatro Corridos took place at UC San Diego in May, 2013. We are proud to say that the opera played to full houses on all three nights, and received overwhelmingly positive feedback from audience members.
The project earned critical acclaim from the Los Angeles Times and the San Diego Union Tribune, was featured on KPBS. For a complete look at the project's critical reception, visit:
Cuatro Corridos' mission extends beyond performance, to awareness about the subject of human trafficking. Read about the forum on human trafficking that was held at UCSD, organized by project leader Susan Narucki.
Check back for the announcement of the next series of performances in Fall 2013. And watch our video trailer on the About page: cuatrocorridos.com/about-1/
April 1, 2013
UCSD TV Broadcast Premiere:
The UCSD TV Broadcast Premiere of "Utterance, Ritual, Expression: Why Singing Makes Us Human with Susan Narucki -- To Be Musical " takes place on April 1, 2013. The fifty minute lecture, given on February 20, 2013, as part of the University of California at San Diego - Eleanor Roosevelt College's "Making of the Modern World" public lecture series. The theme of the series this year was "What does it mean to be musical." Susan Narucki serves as Professor of Music at UCSD.
March 26, 2013
Yellow Barn Residency - Cuatro Corridos
Soprano Susan Narucki, writer Jorge Volpi, composers Arlene Sierra, Hilda Paredes, Hebert Vazquez and Lei Liang, and musicians Aleck Karis, Ayano Kataoka and Pablo Gomez gather for a week long residency at Yellow Barn, in order to begin work on Cuatro Corridos.
March 9, 2013
Critical Acclaim for the world premiere of "Lear"
Anthony Davis' new opera "Lear on the Second Floor" earns critical acclaim from the San Diego Union Tribune and San Diego performing arts journalist Charlene Baldridge The production featured soprano Susan Narucki, baritone Philip Larson and UCSD graduate students Bonnie Lander, Tiffany Du Mouchelle, Sara Perez and Alice Teyssier.
January 14, 2013
"Time Cycle" with NY Philharmonic Ensembles Series
Soprano Susan Narucki joins cellist Carter Brey, percussionist Daniel Druckman, Mark Nuccio, clarinet and Steven, Beck, pianist for a performance of Lukas Foss' classic Time Cycle as part of the New York Philharmonic Ensemble Series at Merkin Hall. Works by Schubert, Hindemith, and Sichel complete the program.
For more information and tickets: kaufman-center.org/mch/event/new-york-philharmonic-ensembles7
January 2, 2013
What Next? - Jetzt
Critical acclaim for soprano Susan Narucki and Opera de Montpellier production of Carter's What Next? and Nitschke's JETZT:
Res Musica "an authoritative Mama"
Anaclase "... we taste the smooth expressivity of soprano Susan Narucki"
ForumOpera.com "...Susan Narucki testified to beautiful vocal health in both operas."
November 28, 2012
Opera de Montpellier - Carter and Nitschke
Soprano Susan Narucki makes her 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. The soprano reprises the role of 'Mama' in Carter's modern classic.
September 28, 2012
kallisti website - now live!
The website for kallisti is now live! kallisti.instantencore.com/web/home.aspx I established kallisti at UC San Diego in 2009. The group's mission is: to provide young singers with an opportunity to perform significant and distinctive repertoire including contemporary chamber opera, newly commissioned works, and undiscovered masterworks from all eras , to teach young singers to be advocates for the arts through outreach to the community and to provide audiences in the San Diego region with a chance to hear unusual, beautiful music for voice performed at the highest level
I welcome you to explore our website as we begin our fourth year.
August 20, 2012
Arlene Sierra - Two Neruda Odes
A collection of praise ( including Fanfare, The Guardian, Musicweb International) for Arlene Sierra's stunning debut cd on Bridge, which includes Soprano Susan Narucki in the premiere recording of Two Neruda Odes.
August 10, 2012
Foss and Schubert at SaltBayChamberFest
Soprano Susan Narucki joins Salt Bay Chamberfest artistic director cellist Wilhelmina Smith, Daniel Druckman, Tom Sauer and Burt Hara in a performance of Foss' classic "Time Cycle" along with songs by Franz Schubert.
Tuesday, August 14 at 7:30 p.m. in beautiful Damariscotta Maine.
July 23, 2012
Der Kaiser von Atlantis on VIMEO
The critically acclaimed production of Ullmann's masterpiece Der Kaiser von Atlantis is now posted on VIMEO. Directed and produced by Susan Narucki at the Department of Music at UC San Diego, it is project of Narucki's ensemble kallisti, dedicated to presenting modern vocal music in a direct, intimate way.
Watch it here:
July 7, 2012
Shostakovich Romanzen Suite at Yellow Barn
Jeremy Eichler's wonderful Boston Globe article previews this evening's performance of Shostakovich's op 127 at the Yellow Barn. articles.boston.com/2012-06-30/music/32453594_1_mstislav-rostropovich-music-alexander-blok
June 27, 2012
A feast of music at Yellow Barn
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 the 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". On Saturday, July 7, she will perform Dmitri Shostakovich's Romanzen Suite with Wahnzen Li, violin, Michael Katz, cello and pianist Peter Frankl.
On Thursday, July 12, she will perform Jonathan Harvey's exquisite cycle Song Offerings (1985) performed with 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.
Finally, on Saturday, July 14, she will be featured in Alexander Raskatov's Let There Be Night (1989) in a with Hannah Choi, violin; Rose Hashimoto, viola and Jean-Michel Fonteneau, cello.
For tickets and more information on the festival events: www.yellowbarn.org/
May 31, 2012
San Diego Union Tribune - Der Kaiser von Atlantis
Jim Chute of the San Diego Tribune praises the kalliisti production of "Der Kaiser von Atlantis"
May 30, 2012
Der Kaiser von Atlantis!
Tonight's the night - Der Kaiser von Atlantis comes to UCSD. Check out these amazing photos from our dress rehearal, courtesy of the magnificent Jim Carmondy of UCSD Theater and Dance:
May 25, 2012
Der Kaiser von Atlantis
Spreadinng the word about our upcoming chamber opera at UCSD, Der Kaiser von Atlantis! It comes to UC San Diego on May 30, June 1 and June 2 all at 7 p.m.
April 25, 2012
Songs of Zemlinsky, Webern and Kurtág
Soprano Susan Narucki and pianist Aleck Karis present an evening of gorgeous 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 on the UCSD Department of Music's Concert Series: Weds@7.
For more information: musicweb.ucsd.edu/concerts/
April 3, 2012
Cuatro Corridos receives grant from MAP Fund
Soprano Susan Narucki, faculty member of the Department of Music at University of California at San Diego has received a generous award from the MAP Fund in support of "Cuatro Corridos", a new music theater project to be presented in May 2013.
To read the press release: mapfund.org/emails/2012_04_01/
Read more about Cuatro Corridos: mapfund.org/grant_726.html
March 20, 2012
"Lear on the Second Floor" A new opera by Anthony Davis
The Peter B. Lewis Center for the Arts presents The Princeton One-Act Opera Project, an evening of three original one-act operas on Friday and Saturday, March 30 and 31 at 8:00 p.m. in the Roger S. Berlind Theatre at McCarter Theatre Center in Princeton. The unique new works, each redefining what opera might be, are by composer Anthony Davis with playwright Allan Havis, composer and librettist and Princeton University Professor Barbara White with choreographer Kate Weare, and Princeton undergraduates James Chu ’13 (composer) and Lily Akerman ’13 (librettist). The disparate operas are unified by the vision of director Mark DeChiazza with Princeton’s Michael Pratt conducting. Sopranos Susan Narucki and Sarah Davis will be featured, and the casts include a range of professional singers and musicians and undergraduate student performers. Both performances will be preceded by a conversation with the artists, moderated by Atelier Director and Princeton Professor of Theater, Stacy Wolf, from 7:15-7:45 p.m. in the Berlind Theatre.
Composed by Davis with a libretto by Havis, Lear on the 2nd Floor is a contemporary take on Shakespeare’s King Lear. Grammy award-winning soprano 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’s 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. In his operas X: The Life and Times of Malcolm X, Tania, and Wakonda's Dream, Davis provides a political and social critique of America with music that embraces a spectrum of influences from Wagner and Berg to Ellington and Mingus to the Indonesian gamelan and South Indian ragas. Davis also composed the music for the Broadway production of Tony Kushner's Angels in America: Millennium Approaches and Perestroika. He is a Professor of Music at the University of California, San Diego.
Over three decades, Allan Havis has had his plays produced at and commissioned by theatres across the country and in Europe. His fifteen full length published plays include Morocco and The Tutor, which received San Diego’s 2008 Patté Best Play award. Since 2006, Havis has been Provost of Thurgood Marshall College at the University of California, San Diego.
January 27, 2012
Grisey's Quatre Chants and Clancy premiere
On Friday, February 3rd, soprano Susan Narucki joins the reknowned Birmhingham Contemporary Music Group and conductor Clement Power for a performance of Gerard Grisey's masterwork Quatre Chants Pour Franchir Le Seuil and the world premiere of BCMG's composer in residence, irish composer Sean Clancy's Findentotenlieder. For more details www.bcmg.org.uk/default.php
January 5, 2012
World premiere of 'Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs"
Soprano Susan Narucki and pianist Christopher Oldfather present the world premiere of Hayes Bigg's song cycle on sacred texts 'Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs' at the Manhattan School of Music on January 15, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. For more information on the work susannarucki.net/calendar.php
December 21, 2011
In Evening's Shadow and Top 15 San Diego Jazz 2011
Congratulations to Philadelphia composer Jan Krzywicki on his recent release, 'Alchemy' on Albany Records, which features Krzywicki's elegant chamber music. The recording includes In Evening's Shadow, a song cycle for soprano, guitar and string trio, featuring soprano Susan Narucki, guitarist Jason Vieaux, violinist Hirono Oka, violist Rachel Ku and cellist Yumi Kendall. For more information:
Soprano Susan Narucki was included in the San Diego Reader's "Top 15 San Diego Jazz Concerts for 2011", singing the music of American composer Anthony Davis at Davis' 60th Birthday celebration at Dizzy's in downtown San Diego.
Susan will be performing the role of Nora Lear in scenes from Anthony Davis's new opera Lear on the Second Floor in March, 2012, at the Berlind Theater, Princeton University, with conductor Michael Pratt and director Mark DeChiazza.
November 21, 2011
Susan Narucki and NYMNE; Mixed Media and Magic Boxes
Soprano Susan Narucki joins the New York New Music Ensemble for the opening concert of the 35th Season for performances of American composers Stephen Dembski "The Show" and David Glaser - "Of Twilight" (world premiere) at the Center for Jewish History in New York. (15 West 16th Street, NY, NY) on November 28, 2011 at 7:30 p.m.
The text of Glaser's "Of Twilight" (for soprano, violin, piano, percussion and projected images) is drawn from Charles Simic's Dime Store Alchemy, prose poems which find their inspiration in the strange and magical boxes of American artist Joseph Cornell.
Steven Dembski's "The Show" (for soprano, percussion, violin, clarinet and piano) is a tour-de-force setting of the Donald Barthelme prose poem. Alternating between sprechstimme and sung material, the work is imbued with fantasy, humor and violence - in its circus of sadness, we hear a fascinating comment on life in the performing arts.
November 12, 2011
Rozalie Hirs - Arbre généalogique
Rozalie Hirs' new work for soprano Susan Narucki, ASKO/Schoenberg and conductor Pierre-André Valade had its world premiere on November 10, 2011, at Amsterdam's Muziekgebouw.
Hear it on Netherlands Radio 4!
October 20, 2011
ASKO/Schoenberg and Rozalie Hirs: World Premiere!
During Season 2011-12, soprano Susan Narucki will be present the world premiere of four works, written by friends old and new - beginining with celebrated Dutch composers Rozalie Hirs' Arbre gènèalogique, with ASKO/Schoenberg Ensemble and conductor Pierre-Andrè Vallade. Performances on November 10 (PROMS -Amsterdam Muziekgebouw) and with a repeat on November 13 (Den Bosch Festival November Music) . For more information:
August 16, 2011
Kudos to Arlene Sierra for her stunning new release, named WQXR's Pick of the Week, which includes "Two Neruda Odes: for soprano, cello and voice, sung by Susan Narucki
Kudos also to Eric Ewazen, Marya Martin, soprano Susan Narucki and the musicians of the Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival for their recording of SeaSkye Songs:
July 8, 2011
Mizzou New Music Festival
Soprano Susan Narucki joins Alarm Will Sound for the world premiere of Roger Reynolds' Seasons: Cycle 2 at Mizzou New Music Festival. Read more in the Missourian:
June 28, 2011
Review of London "Messages" with Philharmonia
"The performance itself was alive to the music’s extremes of ecstasy and despondency: Susan Narucki (who replaced an indisposed Claire Booth at short notice) evincing all of the technical acuity and expressive sensitivity which have made her so doughty an advocate of contemporary vocal repertoire, while the pool of musicians drawn largely from the Philharmonia Orchestra ensured that the ‘ensemble of soloists’ called for by the composer’s often unsparing demands was more than equal to the task. This is not the place to consider the semantic implications of Rimma Dalos’s verse or Kurtág’s inimitable response to it; better to note that the work’s desperate intensity was palpably conveyed in a fine account directed by Baldur Brönnimann." - From the review by Richard Whitehouse, Classicalsource.com
To read the entire review: www.classicalsource.com/db_control/db_concert_review.php
June 19, 2011
Kurtag - Messages - in London
Soprano Susan Narucki joins members of London's Philharmonia Orchestra and conductor Baldur Brönnimann for a performance of Kurtág's masterwork "Messages of the Late R.V. Troussova". June 23, 2011, 6 p.m Royal Festival Hall, South Bank Center.
June 16, 2011
NY Times Opinionator
A lovely article about composer Lisa Bielawa's work and process - including the Chance Encouter project, co-conceived with Susan Narucki.
June 15, 2011
Celebrating Charles Ives at the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival
In the opening concert of the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival's special series "Celebrating Charles Ives", soprano Susan Narucki and pianist Donald Berman present Ives and his influences, an evening of songs and works for solo piano. The program explores Ives' relationship to the American landscape and to European lieder which he heard and responded, as well as songs that reflect Ives' spirituality and his relationship to family.
Ives and his Influences includes selections from Narucki and Berman's critically acclaimed recording The Light That is Felt: Songs of Charles Ives on New World Records, as well as lieder by Johannes Brahms and works for solo piano by Frederic Chopin and Charles Ives.
For more information:
June 13, 2011
D Magazine on Kafka Fragments at Nasher
D Magazine's Daily review of the Arts on Kurtag's Kafka Fragments, performed by Soprano Susan Narucki and violinist Violaine Melancon:
June 8, 2011
Kafka Fragments -Soundings Series at the Nasher
Soprano Susan Narucki and violinist Violaine Melancon collaborate on a performance of Kurtag's Kafka Fragments at the Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas, Texas, this Saturday, June 11, 2011 at 7:30 p.m. For tickets and more information: www.nashersculpturecenter.org/Soundings
May 24, 2011
Ancient Voices of Children - Rotterdam
Susan Narucki joins Holland's acclaimed Ives Ensemble for a performance of George Crumb's Ancient Voices of Children and Madrigals, Book IV, Saturday, May 28 at 8:15 in Rotterdam (De Doelen).
For more information and tickets: www.dedoelen.nl/concertgebouw/index.php
May 18, 2011
A sound, vast and summerlike at UCSD
A sound, vast and summerlike - an original music-theater work featuring the music Erik Satie and Morton Feldman, conceived and directed by Susan Narucki, will be presented at the Black Box Theater of the Conrad Prebys Music Center this week on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. The hour long presentation juxtaposes concert works by Satie and Feldman in a fully staged production. The cornerstone of the production is Satie's Socrate for voices and chamber orchestra. The cast is comprised of members of UCSD's gradualte vocal ensemble kallisti. Aleck Karis conducts palimpsest, UCSD's new music ensemble. For more information seemusic.ucsd.edu
May 6, 2011
SD.Com on Narucki and Art of Elan
SD.Com on the West Coast premiere of David Bruce's The North Wind Was a Woman, with soprano Susan Narucki and the musicians of the Art of Elan. www.sandiego.com/arts/art-of-elan-gives-local-premiere-of-david-bruce-song-cycle
Listen to the concert on Instant Encore:
May 3, 2011
West Coast Premiere of The North Wind was a Woman
Soprano Susan Narucki and the musicians of the Art of Elan chamber music series present the West Coast Premiere of David Bruce's song cycle "The North Wind Was a Woman" at the San Diego Museum of Art tonight at 7 p.m.
May 3, 2011
GRAMOPHONE reviews Chance Encounters CD
Gramophone - The world's authority on classical music since 1923, has reviewed Lisa Bielawa's Chance Encounters. read the review here
April 11, 2011
NY Times feature on The Passion of Joan of Arc
In the frontpage edition of the today's NY Times, A.O.Scott of the New York Times profiles Carl Dreyer's classic masterwork The Passion of Joan of Arc. The video profile features the SONY Classical soundtrack by Richard Einhorn, featuring Anonymous 4 and soprano Susan Narucki.
March 26, 2011
CD Review - Douglas Knehans "Fractured Traces"
“Une seule femme endormie” (a lone woman asleep) is an almost surreal setting of a poem by David Gascoyne involving obsession and love gone wrong. The musical effect is almost a post-Schoenberg sound, like perhaps Berio or Lutaslwaski and the vocalizations by the cellist, sparing but unsettling, do provide for a very beautiful, but eerie, experience. The performance by cellist Paul York and modern music specialist Susan Narucki is stunning. "
To read the entire review:
March 25, 2011
CD Review - "Chance Encounter"
Audiophile Audition's lovely review of Lisa Bielawa's CD recording "Chance Encounter" featuring soprano Susan Narucki and The Knights Chamber Orchestra on Orange Mountain.
February 28, 2011
Susan Narucki joins Ensemble ACJW for Crumb Madrigals
Soprano Susan Narucki joins members of Ensemble ACJW for George Crumb's Madrigals, Book 1. The performance takes place at Julliard School's Paul Hall on March 10, 2011. The Academy is a program of the Julliard School, Carnegie Hall, and The Weill Music Institute.
For more information and tickets: www.carnegiehall.org/article/box_office/events/evt_16241.html
January 25, 2011
Susan Narucki and Sarah Rothenberg reprise The Blue Rider in Concert
Sarah Rothenberg's visionary concert assemblage, The Blue Rider in Concert, will be performed on the Da Camera of Houston chamber music series on Saturday, January 29th. Soprano Susan Narucki joins Sarah Rothenberg in songs by Webern, Schoenberg, Berg and de Hartmann.
Read more in a preview article in the Houston Chronicle:
January 23, 2011
Art of Elan- The Myriad Trio with Susan Narucki
SD.com's Christian Herzog on the Art of Elan series's recent concert, which included The Myriad Trio with soprano Susan Narucki in a performance of Nicholas Maw's Two in the Campagna.
Listen to the concert on Instant Encore: www.instantencore.com/music/details.aspx
December 22, 2010
Chance Encounter, which was released on the Orange Mountain Music label on December 14, earns praise from the contemporary music website Sequenza 21: www.sequenza21.com/cdreviews/2010/12/lisa-bielawa-chance-encounter/
December 16, 2010
Chance Encounter CD Release Party
At 4pm on Sunday, December 19, soprano Susan Narucki and composer Lisa Bielawa will celebrate the release of Chance Encounter (December 14, Orange Mountain Music) with a concert and screening at Galapagos Art Space (16 Main Street, Dumbo, Brooklyn). The performance will feature selections from Chance Encounter, peformed by Susan Narucki and members of the The Knights.
Album Release Concert & Screening
Chance Encounter (Orange Mountain Music)
Galapagos Art Space
Sunday, December 19, 4-6pm
16 Main Street in Dumbo | Brooklyn, NY | 11201
Tickets: $15 at 718.222.8500 or www.galapagosartspace.com
Performances by Susan Narucki, Carla Kihlstedt, Colin Jacobsen, Eric Jacobsen, members of The Knights, & Boston Modern Orchestra Project members Sarah Bob, Robert Schulz & Ina Zdorovetchi
U.S. premiere screening of Italian director Renato Chiocca’s film documenting Chance Encounter on the Tiber River in Italy. Screening of American director Lisa Guidetti’s award-winning film of the world premiere of Chance Encounter on NYC’s Lower East Side.
November 19, 2010
Sequenza 21 on "The Light that is Felt"
Sequenza 21, the new music website, review Susan Narucki and Donald Berman's solo CD of Ives songs "The Light That is Felt". www.sequenza21.com/cdreviews/2010/11/an-american-voice/
November 15, 2010
Crumb and "Instant Operas"
On Thursday, November 18, Soprano Susan Narucki joins pianist Aleck Karis, percussionist Steven Schick and the members of the redfishbluefish percussion ensemble in George Crumb's forty five minute cycle, "Winds of Destiny". 8 p.m. in the Concert Hall at UC San Diego.
On Friday, November 19, the kallisti project "Instant Operas" comes to the Black Box Theater in the Conrad Prebys Music Center at UC San Diego. Six world premiere operas with duration of 15 minutes or less, written for and performed by members of the project will be presented. 8 p.m. music.ucsd.edu
October 10, 2010
N.Y. Premiere of Vivier's Lonely Child
Soprano Susan Narucki joins the American Composer's Orchestra with music director, conductor George Manahan, in the N.Y. Premiere of Claude Vivier's Lonely Child at Zankel Hall, this coming Friday, October 15, 2010.
For more information www.americancomposers.org/
September 29, 2010
Music on Main, Modulus Festival
Soprano Susan Narucki is featured in three concerts at Vancouver's innovative Music on Main - Modulus Festival. On Friday night, October 1, she presents Kurtag's unaccompanied Attila Jozsef Fragments as part of an evening devoted to vocalists across genres. On Saturday afternoon, she sings Ravel (Chanson Madecasses) and Lisa Bielawa's Hurry, with members of the Vancouver Symphony. Sunday afternoon sees the Canadian premiere of Chance Encounter, a 35 minute work for soprano and instrument, by Lisa Bielawa.
September 9, 2010
Kafka Fragments at St. Louis Symphony's Series at the Pulitzer
Soprano Susan Narucki and St. Louis Symphony concertmaster David Halen perform Gyorgy Kurtag's Kafka Fragments, a seventy minute song cycle for voice and violin on September 14 and 15 at 7:30 p.m. The concerts are part of a series presented by the Saint Louis Symphony and curated by its music director, David Robertson, presented at the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts.
For more information pulitzerarts.org
August 3, 2010
Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival
Soprano Susan Narucki joins flutist Marya Martin and musicians of the Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival for Eric Erwazen's SeaSkye Songs. August 4, 2010 at 7:30 p.m.
July 23, 2010
Soprano Susan Narucki joins pianist Roger Braun for performances at Holland's Orlando Festival. The duo will collaborate on songs of Hugo Wolf (July 26), Anton Webern (July 29), Gyorgy Kurtag (July 30) and Johannes Brahms (July 31) in Kerkrade, The Netherlands. In addition, the soprano will sing Kurtag's Attila Jozsef Fragments in Heerlen on July 28.
July 18, 2010
U.S. Premiere, Arlene Sierra Neruda Odes
Soprano Susan Narucki presents the American premiere of Arlene Sierra's Two Neruda Odes for voice, cello and piano at the Yellow Barn Music Festival and School. yellowbarn.org
July 7, 2010
Rasktov "Circle of Singing" at Yellow Barn
Soprano Susan Narucki joins Yellow Barn faculty colleagues Gil Kalish and young artists in U.S. premiere of Alexander Raskatov's "Circle of Singing" at the opening concert of the 2010 Yellow Barn Music Festival.
May 30, 2010
Chance Encounter in Roma!
Two opportunities to hear Chance Encounter in Rome on May 30 and 31!
May 28, 2010
To Be Sung on KPBS
Soprano Susan Narucki, conductor Julian Pellicano and ASL interpreter BillieAnne McLellan talk about Pascal Dusapin's To Be Sung on San Diego Public Radio KPBS morning talk show "These Days".
May 26, 2010
To Be Sung opens at UCSD
Photos at www.facebook.com/home.php
Pascal Dusapin's haunting chamber opera opens at UCSD tonight at 7 p.m. We are proud to be part of the Sound + Vision Project, sponsored by the Capita Foundation. www.capitafoundation.com/SoundVision.html
May 18, 2010
Kallisti and To Be Sung
Soprano Susan Narucki, Professor of Music at UC San Diego, has established Kallisti, an ensemble for new and experimental vocal music.
Kallisti makes its debut in the West Coast premiere of Pascal Dusapin’s chamber opera To Be Sung on May 26, 27 and 28, 2010 at 7 p.m. in the Black Box Theater at the Conrad Prebys Music Center on the UC San Diego campus.
Guest conductor Julian Pellicano will lead Kallisti, joined by guest artist and UCSD Professor baritone Philip Larson and the instrumentalists of Palimpsest. Narucki (one of the works' original cast members) serves as stage director.
To Be Sung has been described as an exquisite interplay between Dusapin’s tightly woven vocal chamber music (at times, reminiscent of Monteverdi) and Stein’s evocative texts in which “shifting atmospheres and sound and create moments of concentrated emotion, which are constantly transformed, disappearing and melting, over and over again.”
To Be Sung, Conrad Prebys Music Center
UC San Diego, May 26, 27 and 28 at 7 p.m.
Tickets $25 general, $20 for UCSD faculty, staff; $1 student rush tickets available one hour before the concert. Other tickets available at UCSD Box Office (858.534.TIXS) or at the door.
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May 12, 2010
Dillon "Philomela" Wins l'Orphee d'Or
Philomela by James Dillon (2CD Aeon) has been awarded "l'Orphée d'Or du meilleur enregistrement de musique lyrique du XXIème siècle de l'Académie du Disque Lyrique 2010" (best lyric music recording 2010).
The recording features Anu Komsi and Susan Narucki sopranos, and Lionel Peintre, baritone, Jurjen Hempel conductor and the Remix Ensemble.
www.concertonet.com/scripts/cd.php Concerto Net Review
April 27, 2010
NRC Handelblad on Kafka Fragments
"Narucki gives Kurtág's aphorisms expressive form.
.... The American soprano Susan Narucki, known here for, amongst other things, Louis Andriessen's Writing to Vermeer, was able to give exceptionally sensitive and expressive form to the musical riches ..... the subtle theatrical ensemble with violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaya was also splendid - for example the way they challenged each other in the whirlwind movements of 'Die Weissnäherinnen'.
The musical pinnacle was the first fragment 'Zu Spät' from Part IV. Seldom have two people played and sung with such perfect coordination, tenderly and just slightly out of focus, as if they - to use an image from one of the other fragments - were not walking on the ground, but balancing on a thin cord just above it."
**** (Four stars)
April 24, 2010
Soprano Susan Narucki is interviewed in the April 2010 issue of Preludium, the monthly magazine of the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, ('Vechten voor wat je lief is" ), in anticipation of her performance at the Kleine Zaal on April 22.
April 18, 2010
Soprano Susan Narucki, Violinist Patricia Kopatchinskayja perform Kurtag's monumental song cycle, Kafka Fragments, in collaboration with video artist Lynette Wallworth. Performances take place in the Rotterdam Schouwburg on April 18, in Muziekcentrum Frits Phillips (Eindhoven) April 20, at the Kleine Zaal of the Concertgebouw (Amsterdam) April 22 and at the Muziekcentrum (Enschede) on April 23.
March 13, 2010
Kafka Fragments Residency
Soprano Susan Narucki and Violinist Violaine Melancon, faculty members at the Yellow Barn Music School and Festival, give a week long workshop to singers and violinists on Gyorgy Kurtag's Kafka Fragments. Co-sponsored by the New England Conservatory of Music, partcipants present two performances of the work in Brattleboro Vermont (March 13) and in Boston's Jordan Hall (March 14)
January 30, 2010
Dillon, Ades and Fresh Sounds
Recent news and reviews: James Dillon: Philomela CD Review from U.K. Guardian/Andrew Clements www.guardian.co.uk/music/2009/nov/27/james-dillon-philomela
Thomas Ades "Life Story" on San Diego's acclaimed Art of Elan series. www.sandiego.com/arts/bold-and-clever-new-sounds-at-the-museum-of-art
Sushi: Fresh Sounds
November 23, 2009
Samuel Sanders Collaborative Award for Narucki and Berman
The Classical Recording Foundation applies the universal model of philanthropically-supported live concerts to the recording of new classical performances. Since 2002, when it was founded by Grammy Award winning producer Adam Abeshouse , it has supported more than 30 new recordings. CRF does not benefit from record sales or royalties, and depends entirely on support from generous individuals and corporations, as well as merit-based grants from public and private sources. The proceeds from the 2009 Classical Recording Foundation Award Ceremony and Benefit will go toward making the 2010 Awards possible.
November 19, 2009
"In Evening's Shadow" World Premiere
Soprano Susan Narucki, guitarist Jason Vieux and members of the Philadelphia Orchestra present the world premiere of Jan Krzywicki's In Evening's Shadow, at the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society. The 17 minute work is a tribute to the late guitarist Peter Segal.
November 4, 2009
UCSD's Weds@7: Soprano Susan Narucki in recital
Soprano Susan Narucki and pianist Donald Berman present a program of songs of Charles Ives, at UC San Diego's new series Weds@7. The program features a range of Ives's songs from early works to his masterpieces, including Like a Sick Eagle, The Housatonic At Stockbridge, and Tom Sails Away. In addition, Mr. Berman will present works for solo piano and celeste by Ives, Eric Moe and David Rakowski.
The recital will be given in the superb new Conrad Prebys Music Center on the UC Campus. Ms. Narucki is on the faculty of the music department at UC San Diego.
October 31, 2009
Susan Narucki sings works by Golijov
Soprano Susan Narucki joins UCSD colleague and La Jolla Symphony conductor Steven Schick in Golijov's haunting Three Songs for soprano and orchestra. For more information see:
September 25, 2009
The Blue Rider in Performance- Reviews
Anthony Tommasini of the NY Times on "The Blue Rider in Performance:"
Bruce Hodges of Artcritical.com:
September 8, 2009
The Blue Rider in Performance, Sep 23 and 25
The Blue Rider In Performance explores the dynamic interaction of music, light, and visual imagery using materials from Vasily Kandinsky and Franz Marc's seminal Blue Rider Almanac of 1912. Rooted in Kandinsky's connections to artists in both Russia and Germany, the Blue Rider Almanac brought together art, music, and writing from avant-garde movements across Europe, capturing a short-lived moment of international experimentalism that was abruptly halted by the outbreak of World War I.
Pianist Sarah Rothenberg and soprano Susan Narucki perform music from the era by such composers as Scriabin, Webern, and Berg under a rich blanket of light and projection; world premiere choreography by Karole Armitage further illuminate movements from Arnold Schoenberg’s ground-breaking Second String Quartet, performed by The Brentano String Quartet with Ms. Narucki.
Sarah Rothenberg, concept, direction, and piano
Marcus Doshi, lighting and set designer
Sven Ortel, projection designer
Brentano String Quartet
Susan Narucki, soprano
Karole Armitage, choreographer
with dancers from Armitage Gone! Dance
Co-produced with Works & Process at the Guggenheim, Mary Sharp Cronson, Producer,
In conjunction with Kandinsky, on view at the Guggenheim Museum starting September 18.
June 20, 2009
Norfolk Chamber Music Festival's Virgil Thomson Project
Composer Martin Bresnick and soprano Susan Narucki are featured in an interview in the June/July issue of Chamber Music Magazine, which details the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival's Virgil Thomson Project. This two week program. led by Brenick and Narucki, along with pianists Lisa Moore and J.J. Penna, brings together composers, singers and instrumentalists, to discuss the influence of Thomson's music, and the fine art of text setting in English. The workshop will culminate in two programs of new works for voice and ensemble, and American Art Songs. As well, Narucki and Penna present a program of American song on June 27, including Thomson's cycle Mostly About Love.
March 23, 2009
Vivier's Trois Airs Pour un Opera Imaginaire
Soprano Susan Narucki joins esteemed colleagues conductor Reinbert de Leeuw and members of the Asko/Schoenberg Ensemble for one of Claude Vivier's most complex and beautiful works: Trois Air Pour Un Opera Imaginaire. At Amsterdam's Concertgebouw on 3/24 and De Singel in Antwerp on 3/25. For complete details see Calendar section fo this website.
March 22, 2009
NY Times, Gramophone, The Wire......
Arlene Sierra's beguiling music received praise from the NY Times. Included in the Composer's Portrait program at Miller Theater, was Neruda Settings, for voice and ensemble, sung by Susan Narucki with members of ICE.
The Light That Is Felt: Songs of Charles Ives, has earned more critical acclaim with reviews in The Wire, Diverdi and Fanfare. For complete text go to: susannarucki.net/blog/
Americans In Rome, a four CD set honoring American composers who won the Rome Prize, has received praise from Gramophone magazine: soprano Susan Narucki's contributions were singled out. Go to:
March 11, 2009
NYC Concert at Miller Theater
ICE (International Contemporary Ensemble) presents a composer's portrait of young American composer, Arlene Sierra, at Columbia University's Miller Theater. Soprano Susan Narucki joins the group for Sierra's Neruda Settings, for voice and chamber ensemble. The 25 minute work is a setting of four of Neruda's beloved Elemental Odes.
Miller Theater, 116th and Broadway, NYC, 8 p.m.
February 23, 2009
Alex Ross of The New Yorker on Chance Encounter
Alex Ross of The New Yorker on last week's performance of Lisa Bielawa's Chance Encounter, by soprano Susan Narucki and the Knights at the Whitney Museum:
For more info on Chance Encounter: susannarucki.net/news-projects.php
January 29, 2009
BBC Music Magazine: North American Pick of the Month
The Light that is Felt: Songs of Charles Ives has been chosen as the BBC Music Magazine's North American pick of the month for February 2009. For the complete review, go to
January 28, 2009
Boston Globe: Collage Review
Jeremy Eichler of the Boston Globe reviews the January 26, 2009 Collage concert, with guest artist soprano Susan Narucki.
January 22, 2009
LA Times - Praise for 'De Stijl'
Conductor Lionel Bringuier, soprano Susan Narucki, and members of the LA Master Chorale, earned high praise from Mark Swed, music critic of the LA Times for the Jan 20 performance of Louis Andriessen's De Stilj at Disney Hall in Los Angeles, as part of the LA Philharmonic's Green Umbrella Series.
January 18, 2009
Ives CD: Latest reviews
The New Yorker's Russell Platt on the best classical CD's of late including "The Light That is Felt" by Soprano Susan Narucki and Pianist Donald Berman
The New York Times Review January 16, 2009
THE LIGHT THAT IS FELT: SONGS OF CHARLES IVES
Susan Narucki, soprano; Donald Berman, pianist. New World Records 80680-2; CD.
MOST artists crave the limelight, but Charles Ives often worked in isolation, his day job in insurance providing the financial means to indulge his passion. He wrote nearly 200 songs and published 114 of them privately in 1922, describing their publication as “a kind of house cleaning.”
The painterly details of Ives’s songs are vividly conveyed by the bright-voiced Susan Narucki and the pianist Donald Berman on a new disc whose 27 diverse selections (most from H. Wiley Hitchcock’s 2004 critical edition) highlight Ives’s multiple influences. Those included European Romanticism and religious and secular American tunes, which he meshed with his own inventive, radical harmonies. Like Bartok, Ives used both simple folk melodies and dissonance, sometimes blending them.
Gentle, melodic songs are interspersed here with more tumultuous works, demonstrating the wide spectrum of Ives’s emotional and musical palette. The spare and evocative “Where the Eagle Cannot See” is followed by the theatrical, astringent intensity of “General William Booth Enters Into Heaven.” The heavy weariness of “Like a Sick Eagle” is aptly conveyed by Ms. Narucki and Mr. Berman, before they plunge into the violent waters of “Swimmers,” whose wildly turbulent piano part underpins a soaring vocal line.
The disc opens with the wistful, tonal “Songs My Mother Taught Me” and concludes with the Romantic “Romanzo (di Central Park).” Also included are the pictorial “Tom Sails Away,” with its lively evocations of town and family life, and “The Housatonic at Stockbridge.”
Romantic, Brahmsian songs like “Du Bist wie Eine Blume” (“You Are Like a Flower”), “Feldeinsamkeit” (“In Summer Fields”) and “Minnelied” (“Love Song”) reflect Ives’s interest in German lieder. His less familiar, moody settings of translations of poems by the medieval Italian poet Folgore da San Gimignano are more harmonically imaginative.
December 11, 2008
Carter Birthday Celebration!
At Amsterdam's Muziekbgebouw, at 20:30 , as part of worldwide concerts celebrating the 100th birthday of the great American composer Elliott Carter, the Nieuw Ensemble performs a program of Carter's chamber music, including the Oboe Quartet and the song cycle Tempo e Tempi, with soprano Susan Narucki as soloist. Garry Walker conducts.
November 15, 2008
Twelve tone comedy? Krenek opera CD released
A world premiere recording of Ernst Krenek's comic opera "What Price Confidence?" featuring sopranos Ilana Davidson and Susan Narucki, tenor Richard Clement, bartione Christopheren Nomura and pianist Linda Hall has been released on the Phoenix Edition label. Presented in a series of sold out performances at the NYC Austrian Cultural Forum's Mostly Modern Series, "What Price Confidence?" is an amusing and poignant look at two couples, their loves, and their betrayals. Krenek's music portrays the characters inner lives and outward foibles with equal measures of depth, dash and wit.
For more information: www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_m
November 2, 2008
New CD: Americans in Rome
This four disc collection on Bridge Records contains works by thirty-seven composers who composed these pieces while in residence at the American Academy in Rome. The earliest work dates from 1920, the most recent from 2003. Composers include the well known: Samuel Barber, Elliott Carter, and Roger Sessions; the largely forgotten: Charles Naginski, Alexander Lang Steinert, Walter Helfer; and many of today's most active voices: Robert Beaser, David Rakowski, Aaron Jay Kernis, Paul Moravec, Stephen Hartke, and David Lang. Curated by Donald Berman, the disc features performances by many of today's leading performers of contemporary music, including Richard Stoltzman, Yehudi Wyner, Susan Narucki, Tony Arnold, Fred Sherry, Daniel Druckman, and Curtis Macomber.
October 6, 2008
CD Release: Songs of Charles Ives on New World Records
The Light That is Felt: Songs of Charles Ives is now available on New World Records. www.newworldrecords.org/album.cgi
The disc by soprano Susan Narucki and pianist Donald Berman contains 27 songs of Charles Ives, ranging from his early days as a student at Yale to the works of his maturity, including his masterwork General William Booth Enter Into Heaven. For more information on the disc, please go to the News-Latest Release page.
August 29, 2008
New Website launched!
Welcome to Susan Narucki.net! The new website, designed by Ian Loew of LForm Design www.lform.com contains news, soundclips, and information about the award-winning soprano, as well as a comprehensive discography section. The site also features a blog, which will go live in two weeks.
August 5, 2008
Susan Narucki joins faculty at UC San Diego
Soprano Susan Narucki, a leading interpreter of contemporary music, joins the faculty at UC San Diego as Professor of Voice. Narucki's repertoire ranges from Stravinsky to Oliver Messiaen, Gerard Grisey, Pierre Boulez and Elliott Carter. She earned a Grammy for her recording of George Crumb's "Star-Child", and she has presented more than one hundred world premieres.
UCSD's Department of Music is internationally recognized as the West Coast's premiere center for education and innovation in new music. Founded in 1966 by composers Robert Erickson and Will Ogdon, it was designed to provide a unique environment in which composers, performers and scholars could collaborate and engage with the most vital ideas and newest technologies in order to push the boundaries of contemporary music.
Narucki joins the performance faculty that also includes saxophonist David Borgo, clarinetist Anthony Burr, pianist Anthony Davis, contrabassist Mark Dresser, flutist John Fonville, bass-baritone Philip Larson, cellist Charles Curtis, pianist Aleck Karis, violinist János Négyesy and percussionist Steven Schick,
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