UC San Diego's Department of Music

June 01, 2015

  Cuatro Corridos, the critically acclaimed opera which addresses human trafficking on the U.S.-Mexican border, earned sweeping media coverage in both broadcast and print during its May 15-16-17 run at Teatro de las Artes in Mexico City. It was performed by soprano Susan Narucki and pianist Aleck Karis (both of the music faculty) with graduate program musicians Pablo Gomez on guitar and Jason Ponce as technical director, and percussionist Ayano Kataoka.

The opera was covered by significant media for the arts and culture. Previews were broadcast throughout Mexico and South America on Uno, Channel22 Notimex, Mexico's arts and culture channel, and it will be the subject of an hourlong program on the channel. The May 15 performance was streamed live on CONCULTA and is now in post production for a future rebroadcast.

A collaboration between Narucki and Mexican poet Jorge Volpi, Cuatro Corridos features music by composers Hilda Paredes, Hebert Vazquez, Arlene Sierra and UC San Diego's Lei Liang. It was recently recorded with Grammy-winning producer Adam Abeshouse and is scheduled for release by Bridge Records later this year. Volpi has also developed his libretto into a feature film titled The Chosen Ones.

Cuatro Corridos
has received major grants from UC MEXUS, the University of California, the MAP Fund for the Performing Arts/Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts. In addition to the Mexico City performances, Cuatro Corridos has been presented in San Diego, Los Angeles, Dallas, Albuquerque, Tijuana, B.C. with ten performances since its premiere at UC San Diego in 2013.

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