Monday, September 30, 2013

UCSD chamber opera bound for Tijuana - Susan Narucki's 'Cuatro Corridos' project will be staged at Tijuana's IMAC

Susan Narucki in the premiere of "Cuatro Corridos" at UC San Diego. Photo: Jim Carmody

It's always an issue with new operas: Is there life after the premiere? Too often, it's one production and done.

"Cuatro Corridos," however, the remarkable chamber opera by composers Lei Liang, Hilda Paredes, Arlene Sierra and Hebert Vázquez with text by Jorge Volpi, will live beyond its sold-out premiere last May at UC San Diego.

Conceived by UC San Diego soprano Susan Narucki, the collaborative project focusing on human trafficking will be presented at 7 p.m. Sept. 28 at Tijuana's IMAC (the Municipal institute for Art and Culture)

Narucki will be performing with percussionist Ayano Kataoka, pianist Aleck Karis and guitarist Pablo Gomez (Karis and Gomez, with percussionist Steve Schick, played the premiere).

The one-hour work recounts the stories of four women "trapped in a cycle of forced prostitution and slavery in and around the San Diego/Tijuana border region." Each of the four composers takes on one of the four women; all are portrayed by Narucki.

Turista Libre, which specializes in cultural day trips in Northern Baja, has put together a package that includes bus transportation in and around Tijuana, dinner and drinks at the La Corriente Cevicheria Nais, a brief tour of the downtown "pasajes," and the chamber opera performance and post reception.
For more information, visit; for more information on the excursion package, visit or call (619) 252-6252.

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