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. Librettist Jorge Volpi explains the basis for the opera: "In 2001, the authorities dismantled the network of the Salazar Juárez brothers who for years kidnapped young Mexican women and sold them, forcing them to work as prostitutes in the "Fields of Love" near the strawberry farms around San Diego."
Led by soprano Susan Narucki and Mr. Volpi, this fully staged production features original music by composers Lei Liang, Hilda Paredes, Arlene Sierra, and Hebert Vázquez, composers. Each composer gives voice to one of the four female characters in the hour-long drama; an unprecedented collaboration between internationally acclaimed Mexican and US-based creative artists. Cuatro Corridos was premiered in May, 2013 at UC San Diego to capacity crowds and critcal acclaim.
Cuatro Corridos has received the support of the University of California Institute for Mexico and the United States (UC MEXUS), the MAP Fund for the Performing Arts (Doris Duke Charitable Foundation), Yellow Barn and the UC San Diego Department of Music.