Fides Krucker specializes in contemporary vocal repertoire. After training at the Banff Centre she performed the Berio Folk Songs extensively throughout Europe and the Middle East with such organizations as the Ensemble Intercontemporain in Paris, Il Maggio Musicale in Florence and the Opera de Lyon. She is a founding member of the URGE collective.
Krucker is known for her performances of Canadian composer R.Murray Schafer's works - among them Arcana for the CBC, Melusina in Hermes Trismegistos (performed inside Union Station), and Ariadne in Requiems for the Party Girl for which she received a Dora nomination. Part of her standard repertoire includes a staged Pierrot Lunaire (Schoenberg) which she has sung in Britain, Canada, Belgium, Holland, Israel and most recently for Autumn Leaf Performance in April 2001. She has also premiered new operas by several dozen composers both at home and abroad and is particularly interested in bringing extended vocal techniques into the development of new work.
Her interdisciplinary work has included work with dance theatre company Jumpstart!, hologram artist Mary Alton and writer/director Thom Sokoloski for the music-drama Artaud's Cane (for which she received a Dora nomination in composition).
Her writing on voice/body work has been commissioned and published twice by Canadian literary journal Descant and she was a featured speaker this past year at the Subtle Technologies conference at the University of Toronto. Recent interviews include "Some of the best minds of our times" with Peter Gzowski for CBC radio.
Krucker has recorded extensively for the CBC, both electroacoustic works such as Ellipsis by Wende Bartley and chamber works such as Jappements a la Lune by Christopher Butterfield (also premiered with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra in November 2000). Krucker has appeared in feature films by Patricia Rozema and Atom Egoyan as well as acting and singing the central character in the shorts Delphinos (Rosalyn Kalloo) and Opening Night (Julie Trimingham) and in URGE's Silo (Laura Taler) for Bravo!
Krucker is in high demand as a teacher of voice work both privately and in groups throughout the year in Toronto, Zurich and Regina. Fides is preparing two albums, Un/covers (extended pop, jazz and r&b) and The girl with no door on her mouth, based on her recent solo theatre show of electroacoustic music presented at Theatre Passe Muraille's Backspace.