InheritanceFriday, October 26th, 2018
Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater
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UC San Diego Box Office
Ticket information: 858-534-8497
Inheritance is a chamber opera revolving around Sarah Winchester, the eccentric widow and heiress to the Winchester rifle fortune. According to popular belief, she imprisoned herself in her labyrinth-like home to seek refuge from the spirits of those killed by the same weapons whose manufacture and sale gave her a life of indescribable wealth. With music by composer Lei Liang and libretto by poet Matt Donovan, Inheritance juxtaposes elements of Winchester’s biography with contemporary events in a work that explores America’s deeply complex relationship with guns.
Music director Steven Schick and stage director Cara Consilvio lead the world premiere performances in a production featuring multimedia stage design by artist Ligia Bouton and lighting design by Mary Ellen Stebbins. The seventy-five minute work has a cast of four and is scored for chamber ensemble of virtuoso musicians with soprano/producer Susan Narucki in the role of Sarah Winchester.
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