Cuatro Corridos: A Chamber Opera
Latin Grammy Nomination: "Best Contemporary Composition (Classical)"
Opera News (Critic’s Choice)
This remarkable chamber opera, set to a libretto by Jorge Volpi, was written by four composers-- two Mexican and two from the United States. Librettist Volpi writes that "the stories told in the opera help us to hear and see precisely what we prefer to ignore and pass over in silence."
“Narucki is a ninja warrior in her ability to traverse this unrelentingly difficult hour-long work with such immersive passion and intensity. All four composers make brilliantly imaginative use of the instrumental forces, and the astoundingly virtuosic players are vital to the success of the performance. This piece is bracingly fresh, continuously fascinating and deeply disturbing; somehow, though, you emerge with a sense of optimism that, in the proper hands, ghastly human tragedies can result in great art.” - Opera News (Critic’s Choice)
“This is powerful, compelling, excruciatingly dramatic music.” –Henry Fogel, Fanfare
"...Cuatro Corridos tells the story of... the human trafficking that occurs across the U.S.-Mexico border... The issue is indeed important, but it's the artistry of this project that makes it worthwhile...riveting... It is like no opera I've ever heard... a beguiling work of art..." –Los Angeles Times
"...was there anyone at the premiere of Cuatro Corridos...whose heart was not changed?...powerful new chamber opera...Narucki's courageous performance... [she] sings with absolute conviction and commitment." –San Diego Union-Tribune
“This is a virtuoso production in every sense of the word. Susan Narucki is tremendous as the soloist, expressing the extremes of each score without resorting to tricks and gimmicks. Superbly recorded, the combination of guitar, piano and percussion has a staggering variety of range and colour and is perfect for the text.” - MusicWeb International