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Always Notorious

Ruth Bader Ginsburg makes appearance in Washington opera

By WITW Staff on November 15, 2016

Ruth Bader Ginsburg appeared in a performance by the Washington National Opera over the weekend, proving that there is nothing better in this world than a tiny Supreme Court Justice dressed in 19th century garb.

According to The Associated Press, Ginsburg (a.k.a. Notorious R.B.G.) starred as the Duchess of Krakenthorp in Donizetti’s 1840 comedy, The Daughter of the Regiment. It is a role often occupied by comedians and aging singers, and Ginsburg reportedly wrote her own lines. In fact, one of her character’s quips seemed to be a dig at Trump’s birther campaign; when trying to find out if the title character, Marie, is worthy of marrying her nephew, the Duchess of Krakenthorp asks her to procure a birth certificate. “We must take precautions against fraudulent pretenders,” she adds.

A fervent opera lover, Ginsburg has appeared in several productions prior to her turn in The Daughter’s Regiment. She was an extra in two performances of Richard Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos, and appeared as herself in a 2003 performance of Die Fledermaus by Johann Strauss.

Francesca Zambello, the WNO’s artistic director, reportedly asked Ginsburg to appear in all eight performances of The Daughter of the Regiment, but she declined due to her “day job.”

Read the full story at The Associated Press.


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