Established by 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. kallisti creates remarkable collaborations between singers from UC San Diego's Graduate Program in Contemporary Music Performance and distinguished guest artists in a wide range of repertoire that celebrates the extraordinary beauty and power of the singing voice.
Now in its eighth season, kallisti has presented a wide range of repertoire, ranging from unusual chamber operas to rarely heard vocal chamber music. kallisti has also been featured with the La Jolla Symphony (Berio: Sinfonia) and on the Green Umbrella Series at the Los Angeles Philharmonic (Reich: Music for 18), both under conductor Steven Schick.
kallisti presented the San Diego premiere of Viktor Ullman's 1943 chamber opera Der Kaiser von Atlantis in a critically-acclaimed production that has been viewed over 4000 times worldwide on Vimeo. Other highlights include the world premiere of leading American composer Anthony Davis' opera Lear on the Second Floor and the West Coast premiere of Pascal Dusapin'g To Be Sung led by Jullian Pellicano. kallisti has also presented San Diego premieres of music by Italian modernists Luigi Dallapiccola, Niccolo Castiglioni, Salvatore Sciarrino, and they introduced audiences to the genius of Baroque composer Barbara Stozzi.
kallisti is housed at the Department of Music at the University of California at San Diego and receives support from the University of California, as well as private donations and individuals.