[Ed. – Really.]
Cheers and prolonged applause rang out from the crowd at the Kennedy Center on Saturday night even before Ginsburg, a life-long opera lover who was making her official operatic debut, opened her mouth to speak as the imperious Duchess of Krakenthorp.
Her character, a non-singing role in Donizetti’s frothy 1840 comedy [The Daughter of the Regiment], had come to find out whether the title character, Marie, was worthy of marrying her nephew.
Looking frail but determined and wearing an elegant acid green silk dress, the 83-year-old justice read from a crib sheet a series of qualifications that sounded very much like requirements for high political or judicial office. Her deadpan delivery was boosted by a microphone, though laughter from the audience occasionally drowned her out.