Susan Narucki, soprano
Soprano Susan Narucki’s luminous tone, superb musicianship and distinctive artistry have earned critical acclaim in performances and recordings for over two decades. She is one of the leading interpreters of contemporary music of her generation. Ms. Narucki has appeared as a soloist with the Cleveland Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, MET Chamber Ensemble, on the Great Performers Series at Lincoln Center and at Carnegie Hall, with conductors James Levine, Pierre Boulez, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Michael Tilson Thomas, Reinbert de Leeuw and Oliver Knussen.
Ms. Narucki’s extensive discography includes both a Grammy award for George Crumb’s Starchild and Grammy nomination (Best Classical Vocal Performance) for Carter’s Tempo e Tempi. Her recent solo recording, The Light that Is Felt: Songs of Charles Ives (New World) with pianist Donald Berman was selected as Editor’s Choice of BBC Music Magazine. Ms. Narucki made her Netherlands Opera debut in Louis Andriessen’s Writing to Vermeer, and traveled with the production to the Adelaide and Lincoln Center Festivals. She was featured in the world premiere of Claude Vivier’s Rèves d’un Marco Polo, directed by Pierre Audi. Of her performance, Vrij Nederland wrote “…one name we will never forget: Susan Narucki, the American soprano, who gave us all goosebumps and moved us to tears.”
A distinguished chamber musician, Ms. Narucki has appeared with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Ojai, Aspen, Yellow Barn, Santa Fe, Orlando, Bridgehampton and Norfolk Chamber Music Festivals. She has appeared with Asko/Schoenberg, ICE, London Sinfonietta, Ensemble Modern, ELISION, Alarm Will Sound and at festivals across the globe. Recent appearances include debuts with Ensemble ACJW, American Composers Orchestra and with the Philharmonia at London’s Royal Festival Hall. Ms. Narucki is a Professor of Music at the University of California, San Diego.