With luminous tone and distinctive artistry, American soprano Susan Narucki has earned international acclaim for almost 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 at 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. Recent appearances include Opéra national 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 under Reinbert de Leeuw (“Soprano Susan Narucki, who has long been associated with the role, was a Hadewijch of refined but unmistakable passion.”-Los Angeles Times).
Over the years Susan Narucki’s creative projects, which introduce modern music to audiences outside traditional concert hall settings and illuminate broader issues in society, have become recognized and increasingly valued by both the artistic and philanthropic communities. In recent years, in collaboration with a community of generous funders, she has commissioned two chamber operas: Cuatro Corridos (recording to be released November 2016), which deals with sex slavery and human trafficking across the Mexico/California border, and Inheritance (world premiere in 2018), a work examining America’s gun culture. At the University of California at San Diego, where she has been on the faculty since 2008, she is the founder and director of kallisti, a performance program now established as part of the curriculum which brings together students from UCSD’s graduate program in Contemporary Music Performance with distinguished guest artists and composers.
Her extensive discography includes the recording of George Crumb’s Star-Child (Bridge 9095) which won the Grammy for Best Classical Composition in 2001. For another Bridge CD (9111), of works by Elliott Carter, Ms. Narucki’s performance of Tempo e Tempi was nominated for a Grammy for Best Classical Vocal Performance in 2002. Her recording The Light that Is Felt: Songs of Charles Ives (New World 80680) with pianist Donald Berman was selected as Editor's Choice of BBC Music Magazine. In addition to the Grammy Award, Ms. Narucki’s recordings have earned broad critical acclaim, as well as the Cannes Award (Best Recording of Works of a Living Composer), L’Académie du Disque Lyrique’s award for Best Recording of 21st Century Opera (for James Dillon’s Philomela, on Aeon), and others. Her most recent CD is a stunning collection of songs by Aaron Helgeson, Poems of Sheer Nothingness (innova 901).
Ms. Narucki made her professional debut at the 1986 Ojai Festival in the West Coast premiere of György Kurtág's Messages of the Late R.V. Troussova with members of the Los Angeles Philharmonic led by conductor Kent Nagano. Since that time, she has made over fifty commercial recordings of music of the 20th and 21st centuries in a wide array of styles.
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