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'Inheritance': A haunting chamber opera debuts at UC San Diego's Experimental Theater in La Jolla

'Inheritance': A haunting chamber opera debuts at UC San Diego's Experimental Theater in La Jolla

Sarah Winchester. The name may not sound familiar, but if you've ever been to the Winchester Mystery House in San Jose, you've seen her legacy — a weird, rambling mansion ostensibly built to house the spirits of the dead killed by Winchester rifles, source of the family fortune she inherited in 1881.

The story of this reclusive woman, haunted by ghosts and tormented by guilt about her connection to the guns that took thousands of lives in the Civil War and beyond, has inspired "Inheritance," a chamber opera making its debut at UC San Diego 's Prebys Experimental Theater on Oct. 24, 26 and 27 — just in time for Halloween. Winchester's story, interwoven with contemporary...

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