Ruth Bader Ginsburg makes Washington National Opera debut

Ruth Bader Ginsburg makes Washington National Opera debut
Notorious RGB, escorted onstage for a different kind of rap. (Image: Kennedy Center via USA Today)

[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.

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