This just in: A possible sighting of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg!!!
I have an unconfirmed rumor that RBG was at the Kennedy Center’s performance last night of Sophie’s Choice: The Opera. Can you confirm this? Apparently the justice has been spotted before at the opera there.
Such a sighting would not surprise us. Justice Ginsburg’s love of the opera is well-known. It’s an interest she shares in common with her jurisprudential opposite, Justice Antonin Scalia, and the two jurists bond over it. They have even made cameo, non-singing appearances in various D.C. opera performances over the years.
So it would not surprise us to learn that Justice Ginsburg was at the Washington National Opera last night. Earlier this month, Ruthie was sighted at the company’s opening night gala dinner.
If you can confirm this sighting, please email us (and we will update this post if and when we receive such confirmation). Thanks.
We doubt we’ll check out “Sophie’s Choice” once we’re back in Washington. As DCist notes, the work “met with considerable critical disapproval after its 2002 world premiere in London.” The Washington Post’s recent review of the D.C. production calls it “a study in endurance” — at three and a half hours, with only one intermission.
If Justice Ginsburg went to “Sophie’s Choice,” did she enjoy herself? We hope that, at the very least, she didn’t fall asleep — as she did during an oral argument last Term
Even if the production may be problematic, we do like this quip from the programme notes of the London staging: “Life is messy, like masturbation.”
Justice Ginsburg, can you please pass the Kleenex?
Friedkin Toasts Opera Stars’ Talent [Washington Times]
Sophie’s Choice Opens Tonight [DCist]Opera Review: Sophie’s Choice [Guardian Unlimited]
A Searing Sophie’s Choice: WNO’s Production Is A Study in Endurance [Washington Post]
That White Ruffle Thing Is Great for Catching Drool [Wonkette]