With luminous tone and distinctive artistry, American soprano Susan Narucki has earned critical acclaim for three decades. She has appeared with the Cleveland Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Netherlands Opera, San Francisco Symphony and 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. Her extensive discography includes both a Grammy Award and a Grammy Nomination for Best Classical Vocal Performance. Ms. Narucki’s commissioned projects illuminate broader issues in society and have earned major grants from the Creative Capital Foundation, the MAP Fund for the Performing Arts and UC MEXUS and multiple awards from the National Endowment for the Arts. She commissioned and performed in the critically acclaimed Cuatro Corridos (2013), a chamber opera that addresses human trafficking across the U.S.-Mexico border. With a libretto by internationally acclaimed novelist Jorge Volpi, Cuatro Corridos has had over a dozen performances in the United States and Mexico, including performances at CENART, Mexico City. 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 a Professor of Music at the University of California, San Diego, where she directs the vocal ensemble kallisti.