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UC San Diego Opera Responds To Prevalence Of Gun Violence In US

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Above: The program for "Inheritance" is pictured in this undated photo.

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A chamber opera addressing gun violence premieres at UC San Diego Wednesday.

The opera tells the story of Sarah Winchester, the heir to the Winchester rifle fortune. Legend is that she warded off the spirits of those killed by the guns her husband's family made their fortune on by continually building on to her mansion in San Jose.

Inheritance: A Chamber Opera” is produced by Susan Narucki, who also plays Sarah in the opera. Narucki is a Grammy Award-winning soprano and is a faculty member for the UC San Diego music department. The score is composed by Lei Liang, the current research artist in residence at the UC San Diego Qualcomm Institute.

Narucki and Liang join Midday Edition on Monday to discuss the inspiration for the piece.

There will be three performances of the opera — Wed., Oct. 24, Fri. Oct. 26, and Sat., Oct. 27 at 7 p.m. in the Experimental Theater at the UC San Diego Conrad Prebys Music Center. Tickets can be purchased at


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