Cuatro Corridos is a chamber opera addressing one of the most critical issues of our time: human trafficking. Based on true events, it tells of women trapped in a cycle of prostitution and slavery in and around the San Diego/Tijuana border region and represents an unprecedented collaboration between internationally acclaimed Mexican and US-based creative artists.
Led by Grammy Award winning soprano Susan Narucki with libretto by renowned Mexican author Jorge Volpi, the fully-staged production features original music by composers Hilda Paredes, Arlene Sierra, Lei Liang and Hebert Vázquez. Each composer gives voice to one of the four female characters by presenting one act in the hour-long drama.
Virtuoso performers of new music, percussionist Ayano Kataoka, pianist Aleck Karis, and guitarist Pablo Gomez, accompany Narucki in sharing the compelling stories of four women whose lives are scarred by human trafficking. The fully staged sixty minute production incorporates video graphics and projections on a “border wall” which travels with the production.
Cuatro Corridos has received support from UC MEXUS, the MAP Fund for the Performing Arts , Yellow Barn, the University of California, the Alice Ditson Fund and the National Endowment for the Arts. Since its world premiere in San Diego in 2013, the critically acclaimed opera has been performed in Los Angeles, Albuquerque, Dallas, Tijuana, three performances at the Center for the Arts in Mexico City, where it received sweeping media coverage. During the 2015-16 season, the opera was performed in Amherst, (Massachusetts) San Diego and at the 2015 FIL/Guadalajara Book Fair, the largest Spanish language book fair in the world, to an audience of one thousand people.
Cuatro Corridos was the subject of an hour long television broadcast on Mexico’s cultural channel (Channel 22) on September 19, 2015, and will be rebroadcast by popular demand on March 19, 2016.
The project’s unique combination of art and advocacy has created remarkable partnerships between cultural, civic and academic institutions.
Cuatro Corridos was recorded for Bridge Records by Grammy Award winning producer Adam Abeshouse in San Diego, California and is scheduled for commercial release in February of 2016.
“an unflinching look, from four cultural and musical points of view, at a sex trafficking scandal uncovered 13 years ago in the San Diego strawberry fields…” – Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times – Critics Pick
“It is like no other opera I’ve ever heard.” –Carolina A Miranda, Los Angeles Times
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