Cuatro Corridos - A Chamber Opera
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…
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.
Led by Grammy Award winning soprano Susan Narucki and renowned Mexican author Jorge Volpi, the fully-staged production features original music by composers Hilda Paredes, Arlene Sierra, Lei Liang and Hebert Vázquez. Each composer gives voice to one of the four female characters by presenting one act in the hour-long drama.
Distinguished performers of new music, percussionist Ayano Kataoka/Steven Schick, pianist Aleck Karis, and guitarist Pablo Gomez, accompany Narucki in sharing the compelling stories of four women whose lives are scarred by human trafficking.
Cuatro Corridos was developed through the generous support from UC MEXUS, the MAP Fund for the Performing Arts (Doris Duke Charitable Foundation), and the University of California, San Diego, Sold out world premiere performances at Conrad Prebys Experimental Theater at UC San Diego in May of 2013 met with immediate critical acclaim. In April, 2014, Cuatro Corridos received an ARTWORKS grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to support domestic touring.
Cuatro Corridos is more than a chamber opera. It is an ongoing project to raise awareness about human trafficking through creative educational platforms and events organized in partnership with human rights organizations.
Our Tijuana B.C. performance (September 2013), was supported by Municipal Institute for Art and Culure in Tijuana (IMAC) and the National Council for Culture and Arts in Mexico (Conaculta). Our Tijuana forum featured representatives from the International Network of Hearts, the Casa de Jardin Safe House for Trafficked Girls, and the Ibero-American University in Tijuana.
Our October 2013 performance was at the Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas, Texas; it was followed by a forum featuring representatives from Mosaic Family Services Foundation which provides legal representation, counseling, and shelter to trafficked people.
Our April 2014 performance in Albuquerque, New Mexico was the centerpiece of the Univesity of New Mexico’s John Donald Robb Composers’ Symposium and represents a partnership with UNM’s College of Fine Arts. Cuatro Corridos was presented at the South Broadway Cultural Center, free and open to the public, with the generous support of the City of Albuquerque.
In August, 2014, Cuatro Corridos was the centerpiece of a gala fundraiser for the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles at Zipper Hall, Colburn School of Music. The Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles (LAFLA) serves more than one million poor and low-income people in the greater Los Angeles area and has worked tirelessly on behalf of victims of human trafficking.
Cuatro Corridos will be presented at Mexico City's CENART in three performances May 15-17, 2015.
For more information please visit our website: cuatrocorridos.com/events/