May 16, 2013

Cuatro Corridos: New Chamber Opera Takes Look at Issue of Sex Trafficking Along Border

 Dirk Sutro     UC San Diego News Center

Cuatro Corridos,” the new chamber opera by UC San Diego soprano Susan Narucki and Mexican author Jorge Volpi, earned rave reviews for its May 8 premiere on campus. But the opera, also performed May 10 and 11, represents only a portion of the project’s mission. The disturbing theme of young Mexican women forced into the sex trade was also the subject of two May 9 panels. One featured the opera’s creators. The other included experts who described their efforts to identify and arrest sex trade perpetrators and to help their victims.

While much new and experimental music is built around explorations of form, instrumentation and new technologies, Narucki said that “the music of our time is not speaking to social issues.” By contrast, “Cuatro Corridos” combines provocative music with Volpi’s libretto to express the human cost of the border sex trade... Read more...


May 8, 2013

Photo:  Jim Carmody

Photo:  Jim Carmody

Opera “Cuatro Corridos” Addresses Human Trafficking

Maureen CavanaughMidday Edition   KPBS Radio

"Cuatro Corridos" are largely true.

The four ballads in this world-premiere opera are songs about four women: Dalia, Rose, Azucena and Violeta. They are trapped in and around the San Diego-Tijuana border region, forced into lives of slavery and prostitution.  Read more...

March 28, 2013

'I’m an artist ... so what can I do?'

Brattleboro Reformer

Yellow Barn residency helps opera about human trafficking come to life

 "What would your life be like to be in a place where you’re held against your will physically, but even if you get out of it, you’re still a slave not just because of physical restrictions, but also because you’re also invisible in society?"

That was the question Susan Narucki posed, as she discussed her new venture, a chamber opera about human trafficking across the U.S.-Mexico border. She added, "I can’t even put into words how outrageous this is."   So she and some collaborators are putting it into words ... and music.  Read more...