Despite their ideological differences, Justices Antonin Scalia and Ruth Bader Ginsburg bond over their shared love for the opera. Both judicial luminaries attended Saturday’s opening night performance of Ariadne auf Naxos, at the Washington National Opera. If you’re into Article III celebrity sightings, the D.C. opera house is where it’s at.
Not only did the justices attend the opera; they also participated. An eyewitness evaluation of their performances, plus a photo of Justice Scalia with a sexy soprano in his lap, after the jump.
Here’s the report of one audience member, forwarded to us by a loyal ATL reader
At some point, on the stage there were two tables of “guests” at the mansion where the opera was supposedly being enacted. At those tables there were several DC “stars”; most noticeable was Scalia, who got to have the perky young soprano (a phenomenal Russian [Lyubov Petrova]) sit on his lap — the audience laughed bountifully.
At the end, before the actors/singers would rejoice in their well deserved standing ovation, these guys at the side tables bowed to sound applause. Only then I also saw Ruth Ginsburg beside Scalia. Eleanor Norton was also in the group. What a seemingly friendly chap Scalia actually is.
Indeed. Sarah Jessica Parker, whose cigarette was lighted by the gentlemanly justice, agrees.
Josh Blackman raises a jurisprudential inquiry: “Justice Scalia found in Barnes v. Glen Theatre Inc. and Erie v. Pap’s A.M. that nude dancing is not protected speech under the First Amendment. I wonder how Justice Scalia would consider this performance?”
Scalia receives lap dance at Washington National Opera. Is this protected speech?
[Josh Blackman’s Blog]
Justices Ginsburg, Scalia onstage in Washington National Opera’s ‘Aridane’ [Clef Notes / Baltimore Sun via How Appealing]
Scalia, Ginsburg play nonspeaking opera roles [AP via How Appealing]