Is there anything Notorious RBG can’t do?
In addition to being a successful attorney, law professor, and Supreme Court Justice, Ruth Bader Ginsburg can also add opera star to her long list of accomplishments.
On Thursday night, Ginsburg took the stage at the Kennedy Center Opera House to participate in a production called “Justice at the Opera.”
Ginsburg didn’t do any singing on Thursday, but she had several opportunities to speak throughout the evening, as she briefly introduced each of the program’s ten performances and connected them to relevant U.S. legal issues. In between her speaking parts, Ginsburg observed the show from an armchair on the side of the stage.
A critic from The Washington Post describes Ginsburg’s performance as “giving some remarks, and making some jokes, while acting as a kind of emcee for opera arias and scenes relating, more or less, to legal matters.”
Ginsburg’s appearance in the production was, not surprisingly, a huge hit with the audience; she even received a standing ovation when she first walked onstage.
Francesca Zambello, the artistic director of the Washington National Opera, told SCOTUSblog that Ginsburg is “probably the most famous person in America right now who is outspoken and positive about opera” and a “great advocate of the art form”
Several people who attended the performance took to Twitter afterwards to praise Ginsburg’s role. Some responses to the show can be seen below.
— Stacy Bradford (@stacybradford) March 10, 2017
— Samuel Schultz (@SamuelLSchultz) March 10, 2017
— Karen Heller (@kheller) March 11, 2017
Ginsburg, who has long been an opera enthusiast, has also inspired the writing of an opera based on her time on the High Court. The idea for the one-hour opera, which will be performed this summer at the Glimmerglass Festival in Cooperstown, New York, came from composer and lawyer Derek Wang.
According to NBC, Wang came up for the idea of the opera, “Scalia/Ginsburg,” while he was in law school himself. Ginsburg told NBC about Wang’s creative thought process regarding the opera:
‘He’s reading cases in constitutional law with Ginsburg on one side and (Antonin) Scalia on the other. He decides this could make a very funny opera. … In the libretto, there are words that are straight out of our opinions or speeches, and the composer’s the librettist has tried to portray two people who have some very different views on some very important things and yet they genuinely like each other.’
Watch Ginsburg’s interview in the video below, courtesy of NBC.
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