Established by Grammy award-winning soprano Susan Narucki at the University of California, San Diego in 2009, kallisti offers San Diego audiences exceptional performances of rarely heard works for voice in an intimate setting. Singers from UC San Diego's Graduate Program in Contemporary Music Performance and distinguished guest artists collaborate in a wide range of repertoire that celebrates the extraordinary beauty and power of the singing voice.
kallisti has also been featured with the La Jolla Symphony (Berio:Symphony) and on the Green Umbrella Series at the Los Angeles Philhamonic (Reich: Music for 18), both with conductor Steven Schick and in the San Diego Symphony's 2018 It's About Time Festival at Copley Symphony Hall. In addition, kallisti has toured to Stanford University in a unique collaboration of three world premiere operas: The Voice Machine (2016)
kallisti chamber operas bring rarely heard masterworks and world premieres to the San Diego community. kallisti presented the San Diego premiere of Viktor Ullman's 1943 chamber opera Der Kaiser von Atlantis (2012) in a critically acclaimed production that has been viewed over 4000 times worldwide on Vimeo.
In addition, kallisti presented world premieres of leading American composer Anthony Davis' Lear on the Second Floor (2013) , Steven Lewis' Noon at Dusk (2016) and the West Coast premiere of Pascal Dusapin's To Be Sung (2009) led by Jullian Pellicano . In addition, innovative stagings of concert works directed by Susan Narucki have presented pairings of masterworks by Erik Satie and Morton Feldman, and Barbara Strozzi and Salvatore Sciarrino . Our most recent opera project paired two one act operas by Francis Poulenc and American minimalist Tom Johnson.
The golden apple of discord
At the wedding of Peleus and Thetis, the goddess Eris tossed a golden apple on which she had inscribed the words "to the fairest". This caused a conflict between three of the goddesses who were present: Hera, Athena and Aprhodite. Who was the most beautiful? Each wanted the golden apple, which became known as the "apple of discord" - the most essential nugget of an argument that could lead to bigger disputes.
What is our essential argument? We believe that music for the singing voice is constantly undergoing transformation. We argue that the vocal music of the 20th/21st centuries reflects our lives as artists now. We argue that little known vocal music of earlier times can yield exquisite discoveries. Which is the most beautiful? Which is the most fair? Come and experience the extraordinary richness of the singing voice in all its forms - extravagant, intimate, and moving.