Soprano SUSAN NARUCKI is recognized as one of today’s leading interpreters of contemporary music. Her engagements during the 2007/08 season included Elliott Carter’s Tempo e Tempi with James Levine and MET Chamber Ensemble at Carnegie Hall, Stravinsky’s Les Noces (in a new orchestration by Steven Stucky) with Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Gérard Grisey’s L’icône paradoxale at IRCAM’s Festival Agora with the Orchestra of Radio France at the Cité de la Musique, and Liza Lim’s Mother Tongue with the ELISION Ensemble at the Maerzmuzik Festival in Berlin. Her portrayal of “Mama” in Elliott Carter’s opera What Next? (directed by Christopher Alden) was praised by The New York Times as “compelling and luminous”.
Narucki’s recent appearances include the Cleveland Orchestra with Pierre Boulez, the San Francisco Symphony with Michael Tilson Thomas, the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music with Marin Alsop, and the New York premiere of Oliver Knussen’s Songs for Sue at Zankel Hall under the baton of the composer. The soprano has been a guest with the Brentano String Quartet, the Orion String Quartet, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and the Norfolk, Yellow Barn, and Santa Fe Chamber Music Festivals, and she has appeared in recital with pianist Boris Berman in works of Schoenberg and Mussorgsky at Yale University.
Narucki earned both Grammy and Cannes awards for her recordings of the works of George Crumb and a 2002 Grammy nomination in the Best Classical Vocal Performance for Carter’s Tempo e Tempi, all on Bridge Records. Her extensive discography includes Louis Andreissen’s Writing to Vermeer on Nonesuch, and the Netherlands Opera production of Claude Vivier’s Rêves d’un Marco Polo on Opus Arte DVD. Of her recent release on Koch of song cycles of Aaron Jay Kernis, Opera News wrote “There seem to be no heights she is unafraid to scale.”
Susan Narucki joined the faculty of the University of California at San Diego in Fall of 2008 as Professor of Voice.