We're thrilled to present Scalia/Ginsburg, Derrick Wang's hilarious one-act opera about the unlikely friendship between Supreme Court Justices Antonin Scalia and Ruth Bader Ginsburg, at the 2019 Festival this spring. Derrick recently chatted with Cedille Records about the success of Scalia/Ginsburg and its inclusion on the album Notorious RBG in Song. Here's an excerpt:
CEDILLE RECORDS: Where did the idea for Scalia/Ginsburg come from?
DERRICK WANG: The idea for Scalia/Ginsburg came (naturally enough) from being a first-year law student inspired by the dueling opinions of U.S. Supreme Court Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Antonin Scalia. When studying constitutional law, I was reading case after case after Supreme Court case — when I came upon three magic words: “Scalia, J., dissenting.” Every time I read a Scalia dissent, I would hear music in my head: a rage aria about the Constitution. Then, when I read the contrasting counterpoint from his colleague and fellow opera aficionado Justice Ginsburg, I realized: the unlikely friendship between these two Justices could itself be the basis for an opera. (And now it is!)
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Performances: Sun., April 28, 2019 at 2 pm
Fri., May 3, 2019 at 7:30 pm