La tierra de la miel Hilda Paredes

La tierra de la miel cover
Text/libretto by
Jorge Volpi
Duration
17 mins
Composed
2012
Published
2015
Categories

Opera & Theatre Music Theatre Voice, accompanied Voice(s) & 1-3 Instruments

Instrumentation
1 Soprano, 1 Percussion, 1 Piano, 1 Guitar

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Four performing scores ISMN 57036-454-1 £39.95 Buy now
Conducting score ISMN 57036-453-4 £23.95 Buy now

soprano, percussion, guitar and piano

Programme note

A chamber opera scene commissioned by Susan Narucki for her collaborative opera project, Cuatro Corridos, in 2012.

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 noted Mexican author Jorge Volpi, the fully-staged production features original music by composers Hilda ParedesArlene SierraLei Liangand 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.  The powerful production, conceived by Narucki and artist-activist Karen Guancione uses iconic set elements and original graphic animation projected on a "border wall" that travels with the production.

 

Violeta - La tierra de le miel: Scene Four

In the last of the four corridos, the narrator tells the story of Violeta, a very young woman from Mexico who was trafficked along with the others. She tells the story of her friend Iris, who came with her from Mexico. As the scene progresses, Violeta tells us that Iris could not endure "twenty bodies on her body". She ran and ran, as if the devil were within her - yet she was caught, in the end.

Premiere
Experimental Theater, Conrad Prebys Music Center, University of California, San Diego, 8th May 2013
Performances
  • 13 Jan 2016 | 7:00pm |

    Conrad Prebys Concert Hall, University of California, San Diego, USA

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    Susan Narucki, Aleck Karis, Ayano Kataoka and Pablo Gomez

  • 4 Oct 2015 | 4:00pm | Bowker Auditorium, UMass Amherst, Massachusetts, USA | Susan Narucki, soprano; Aleck Karis, piano; Pablo Gomez, guitar; Ayano Kataoka, percussion
  • 14 Jun 2015 | 6:30pm | Theaterhaus T2 Pragsattel in Stuttgart, Siemensstraße 13 | Julie Erhart and Alessia Park
  • 13 Jun 2015 | 5:00pm |

    Theaterhaus T2 Pragsattel in Stuttgart, Siemensstraße 13

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    Julie Erhart and Alessia Park

  • 17 May 2015 | Teatro de las Artes, Cenart, Río Churubusco 79, México City. | Soprano: Susan Narucki, guitar: Pablo Gomez; percussion: Ayano Kataoka; piano: Alec Karis
  • 16 May 2015 | Teatro de las Artes, Cenart, Río Churubusco 79, México City. | Soprano: Susan Narucki, guitar: Pablo Gomez; percussion: Ayano Kataoka; piano: Alec Karis
  • 15 May 2015 | Teatro de las Artes, Cenart, Río Churubusco 79, México City. | Soprano: Susan Narucki, guitar: Pablo Gomez; percussion: Ayano Kataoka; piano: Alec Karis
  • 8 Aug 2014 | 7:30pm | Legal Aid foundation of Los Angeles, California | Susan Narucki (soprano), Aleck Karis (piano), Ayano Kataoka (percussion), Pablo Gomez (guitar)
  • 7 Apr 2014 | 7:00pm |

    South Broadway Cultural Center, Albuquerque, New Mexico

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    Susan Narucki (soprano), Ayano Kataoka (percussion), Pablo Gomez (guitar), Aleck Karis (piano)

  • 4 Oct 2013 | 8:00pm |

    Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas, Texas

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    Susan Narucki (soprano), Ayano Kataoka (percussion), Pablo Gomez (guitar), Aleck Karis (piano)

  • 28 Sep 2013 | 7:00pm |

    Casa de la Cultura, Tijuana

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    Susan Narucki (soprano), Ayano Kataoka (percussion), Pablo Gomez (guitar), Aleck Karis (piano)

  • 11 May 2013 | 7:00pm |

    Experimental Theater, Conrad Prebys Music Center, University of California, San Diego

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    Susan Narucki (soprano), Aleck Karis (piano), Pablo Gomez (guitar), Steven Schick (percussion)

  • 10 May 2013 | 7:00pm |

    Experimental Theater, Conrad Prebys Music Center, University of California, San Diego

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    Susan Narucki (soprano), Aleck Karis (piano), Pablo Gomez (guitar), Steven Schick (percussion).

  • 8 May 2013 | 7:00pm |

    Experimental Theater, Conrad Prebys Music Center, University of California, San Diego

    |

    Susan Narucki (soprano), Aleck Karis (piano), Pablo Gomez (guitar), Steven Schick (percussion).

  • 30 Mar 2013 | 8:00pm | Yellow Barn, 63 Main Street, Putney, VT 05346, USACONCERT AND DISCUSSION | Susan Narucki (soprano), Steve Schick (percussion), Pablo Gomez (guitar), Aleck Karis (piano)
Recordings