UC San Diego's Department of Music
May 27, 2014
SINO ALLA MORTE OPERA EARNS HIGH PRAISE
Sino alla morte, a new chamber opera production presented by kallisti on May 7, 9 and 10 at Conrad Prebys Concert Hall, drew big audiences and earned upbeat media coverage.
Created and directed by soprano and music department Prof. Susan Narucki, the "constructed opera" brought together music by Italian composers Barbara Strozzi (Baroque) and Salvatore Sciarrino (Modern), and was performed by kallisti vocal ensemble along with musicians under the direction of Stephen Lewis.
In advance of the opera, UT San Diego music critic Jim Chute wrote a detailed account of Sino alla morte's creation. He followed up with a review in which he noted the importance of Strozzi's under-appreciated work, and sung the praises of UC San Diego vocalists Bonnie Lander, Tina Tallon, Kirsten Wiest, Tiffany Du Mouchelle and Alice Teyssier, along with UCSD alumnus Anne-Marie Dicce.
Meanwhile, esteemed San Diego theatre critic Charlene Baldridge praised the "extraordinary" singing and noted that since Susan Narucki's arrival "young singers have flocked to the music department for post-graduate studies under her tutelage."
PHOTO: JIM CARMODY
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