UC San Diego's Department of Music

April 27, 2010

  Soprano Susan Narucki, a leading interpreter of modern music and a Professor of Music at UC San Diego, has established Kallisti, an ensemble for new and experimental vocal music. With members from the graduate program in contemporary music performance at UC San Diego, Kallisti will explore modern chamber opera, experimental music theater and performance in unconventional spaces.

Kallisti makes its debut in the West Coast premiere of French composer Pascal Dusapin's chamber opera To Be Sung on May 26, 27 and 28, 2010 at 7 p.m. in the Black Box Theater at the Conrad Prebys Music Center on the UC San Diego campus. This haunting work, with text by Gertrude Stein, is a kaleidoscope of colors and textures for both voices and instruments, by turns whimsical, dramatic and poignant. Since its premiere in the early nineties, To Be Sung has been presented more than fifty times throughout Europe.

Guest conductor Julian Pellicano will lead Kallisti, joined by guest artist and UCSD Professor baritone Philip Larson and the instrumentalists of Palimpsest. Susan Narucki (one of the work's original cast members) serves as stage director.

To Be Sung has been described as an exquisite interplay between Dusapin's tightly woven vocal chamber music (at times, reminiscent of Monteverdi) and Stein's evocative texts in which "shifting atmospheres and sound and create moments of concentrated emotion, which are constantly transformed, disappearing and melting, over and over again."   

For more information about To Be Sung and Kallisti, visit Kallisti's webpage.
Soprano Susan Narucki joined UCSD's Department of Music in the Fall of 2008. She has earned special recognition as a champion of the music of our time, having performed over one hundred world premieres during her twenty five year career, as soloist with orchestra, in chamber music and in innovative music theater and opera productions. Narucki's extensive discography includes Grammy and Cannes Award winning recordings.

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