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Susan Narucki

San Diego, CA         

With luminous tone and distinctive artistry, American soprano Susan Narucki has earned critical acclaim for over 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, she has given over one hundred world premieres, and has enjoyed close collaborations with composers including  Louis Andriessen, Gyorgy Kurtág, Elliott Carter, Pascal Dusapin and George Crumb. 

Susan’s extensive discography includes both a Grammy Award and Grammy Nomination for Best Classical Vocal Performance; her solo recording of the songs of Charles Ives on New World Records (The Light that Is Felt) with pianist Donald Berman was selected as Editor’s Choice of BBC Music Magazine and earned  international acclaim.  An important interpreter of the music of Claude Vivier, she was featured in the ground-breaking Rèves d’un Marco Polo, directed by Pierre Audi  Of her performance, Vrij Nederland wrote “…one name we will never forget: Susan Narucki, the American soprano, who gave us all goosebumps and moved us to tears.”

During recent seasons, Susan made her debut at the Opera de Montpellier in a double bill (the French premiere of Carter’s What Next? and the world premiere of Mathis Nitschke’s Jetzt ), created the leading role in Anthony Davis’ Lear on the Second Floor , appeared with the Los Angeles Philharmonic for the West Coast premiere of Louis Andriessen’s opera De Materie, with New York’s Talea Ensemble and at the International Festival Cervantino in Guanajuato, Mexico.  

Susan serves as artistic director and soloist in Cuatro Corridos, a critically acclaimed chamber opera that addresses the subject of human trafficking across the U.S. – Mexican border.   With libretto by acclaimed Mexican novelist Jorge Volpi, and music of four renowned composers, Hilda Paredes, Lei Liang, Arlene Sierra and Hebert Vazquez, the opera has earned support of major philanthropic organizations, including  the MAP Fund for the Performing Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts, and the University of California’s research institute for Mexico and the United States (UC MEXUS).  Since its premiere in 2013, Cuatro Corridos has had fourteen performances in the United States and Mexico, performances at CENART in Mexico City and as a special event at the 2015 FIL/International Spanish Language Book Fair in Guadalajara.  A film of the opera  has had multiple broadcasts  on CANAL 22,  Mexico’s art and culture broadcast station.  The recording of Cuatro Corridos earned a 2017 Latin Grammy Nomination. 

In 2008, Susan joined the faculty of the University of California, San Diego, where she serves as Professor of Music.