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Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Opera Debut, November 2016 by Photojournalist Lisa Pacino

Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, made her opera debut on November 12, 2016. The 83-year-old Justice stunned the audience during opening night at the Washington National Opera’s The Daughter of the Regiment, an 1840 opera by Italian composer Gaetano Donizetti, starring Lawrence Brownlee and Lisette Oropesa. It was a speaking role for this devoted opera lover and Justice. Justice Ginsburg didn’t sing, she delivered her lines speaking in English, rather than French — and appeared to be reading many of them from hand-held props. Opera stars Lawrence Brownlee and Lisette Oropesa performances were flawless, but Justice Ginsburg was equally applauded bringing the audience to their feet.


Washington National Opera, The Daughter of the Regiment, November 12, 2016. Photograph courtesy of WNO.


Costume sketch for Justice Ginsburg by Zack Brown for her role in The Daughter of the Regiment.

As the administrator to the official worldwide Leontyne Price Fan Club here’s a memory from the NEA Opera Honors in 2008 —Photojournalist Lisa Pacino

Justices Antonin Scalia, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Anthony M. Kennedy; Dana Gioia, chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts; and NEA Opera Honors awardees Carlisle Floyd, Leontyne Price and Richard Gaddes, New York, 2008. Photograph courtesy of the NEA.

Justice Ginsburg told Ms. Leontyne Price that she and her husband, Prof. Martin D. Ginsburg, who also attended the luncheon, were in the audience when Ms. Price made her sensational Metropolitan Opera debut, on January 27, 1961, as Leonora in Verdi’s Il Trovatore, the same night that the renowned tenor Franco Corelli made his Met debut as Manrico: “It was a Trovatore like no other we have ever attended,” she said. Justice Ginsburg said she remembered very clearly that before one of the acts, Ms. Price’s parents, proudly sitting in a box at the Met, were introduced, and a spotlight shone on them. “I’m not going to cry,” Ms. Price said, “though my mascara is starting to run.” Justice Ginsburg showed Ms. Price a cabinet lined with photographs of herself standing with opera singers she admires, including Luciano Pavarotti, Renée Fleming and Denyce Graves. “Maybe before the day is out I’ll have a photo with you,” she said.

Ruth Joan Bader Ginsburg (born March 15, 1933; New York City) is an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. Ginsburg was appointed by President Bill Clinton and took the oath of office on August 10, 1993. She is the second female justice (after Sandra Day O’Connor) and one of three female justices currently serving on the Supreme Court (along with Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan).

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