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SF Opera’s ‘Innocence’ Reckons with the Long Reach and Lingering Effects of Gun Violence

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"Innocence" by Kaija Saariaho, Sofi Oksanen (Cory Weaver/San Francisco Opera)

The highly-anticipated opera “Innocence” has made its American premiere in San Francisco. At the heart of the story is a mass shooting at an international school, and the grief and trauma of the event that lingers a decade later. We’ll talk about the San Francisco Opera production and discuss a new mapping project showing a dramatic increase in the number of Americans living in close proximity to fatal gun violence and what it means for our communities.


Tinisch Hollins, executive director, Californians for Safety and Justice; co-founder, SF Black Wall Street; vice chair, SF African-Americans Reparations Advisory Committee

Matthew Shilvock, general director, San Francisco Opera

Shaila Dewan, National Criminal Justice Correspondent, New York Times

Ryan Marchand, director, San Francisco Opera's Department of Diversity, Equity and Community

Gabe Meline, senior editor, KQED Arts and Culture


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