Behind the scenes of an opera in the making

The ICA will host two events this week for community members to learn more about the operatic retelling of the Loving v. Virginia case.

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Keep updated on the opera at the ICA.

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The Virginia Opera and Richmond Symphony are in the midst of making the landmark Supreme Court case Loving v. Virginia into an opera. This week, catch two free events at the ICA to learn the history and participate in making the show.

Building a Loving Community: The Story Behind the Opera” includes a talk and a community workshop.

Tomorrow, legal and political thinkers from UVA and VCU will sit on a panel to discuss the historical context of the case. The talk starts at 7 p.m.

On Thursday, Nov. 10, the first public workshop concerning the opera will start at 2 p.m. Actors will read from the opera’s libretto (that’s the text of an opera) written by Jessica Murphy Moo.

The world premiere of the opera will take place during the 2024-2025 season for the Virginia Opera’s 50th anniversary.

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