Cuatro Corridos is a chamber opera addressing one of the most critical human rights issues of our time: human trafficking.
Based on true events, it tells the story 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.
Cuatro Corridos traveled to Theatre de las Artes (CENART) Mexico City for three performances May 15-17, 2015. The project received extensive press coverage in print and television and was received enthusiastically by the public. The May 15 performance was streamed live on CONCULTA available to viewers worldwide. Cuatro Corridos will also be the subject of an upcoming hour long program on Mexico's cultural channel (Channel 22).
With artistic direction by Grammy Award winning soprano Susan Narucki and libretto by internationally renowned Mexican novelist Jorge Volpi, the critically acclaimed opera features music by composers Hilda Paredes, Arlene Sierra, Lei Liang and Hebert Vázquez. Each composer gives voice to one of the four female characters in the hour-long drama. Distinguished 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. Read more.
Since its premiere in San Diego in May, 2013, Cuatro Corridos has traveled to Los Angeles, Dallas, Albuquerque, Tijuana, B.C. and Mexico City and has fostered unique collaborations and partnerships between cultural and civic institutions. Read more.
Carolina A. Miranda, Los Angeles Times: "It's not every day that someone tells you, "Drop whatever you're doing and go see an opera about human trafficking." But today is one of those days."
Cuatro Corridos has received generous support from the National Endowment for the Arts, the University of California at San Diego, UC MEXUS, Yellow Barn and the MAP FUND -Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.