The Glorious Ruth Bader Ginsburg Was In An Opera This Weekend

Long live Notorious RBG.
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in 2010.
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in 2010.

She may be 83 years old, but Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is far from her curtain call.

Ginsburg took to the stage on Saturday night and appeared in a production of “The Daughter of the Regiment” by Gaetano Donizetti put on by the Washington National Opera at the Kennedy Center. 

The justice portrayed the Duchess of Krakenthorp during the opening night performance ― a role that earned her “cheers and prolonged applause” before she even spoke onstage, according to the AP.

This wasn’t even Ginsburg’s first foray into the opera scene ― she’s appeared in plays three other times, though as a non-speaking supernumerary.

Ginsburg appeared onstage as an extra in 1994 with the late Justice Antonin Scalia, in a strange twist, for a performance of Richard Strauss’ “Ariadne auf Naxos.” She appeared as an extra in the play again in 2009, but not before appearing in “Die Fledermaus” by Johann Strauss II as herself in 2003.

Clearly, Ginsburg is no opera novice.

The justice wrote her own lines for the show, including, “throwing away your umbrella in a rainstorm because you are not getting wet,” a reference from her dissent toward a 2013 Supreme Court decision that weakened the Voting Rights Act.

In case you’d forgotten, Ginsburg is a class act.



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