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Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg to appear in opera

Supreme Court justice and opera enthusiast Ruth Bader Ginsburg will be wearing a different set of robes next month, moving from her court chambers to the stage.

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On Nov. 12, the 83-year-old will perform in a non-singing role as the Duchess of Krakenthorp in Gaetano Donizetti’s “Daughter of the Regiment.” The Washington National Opera announced her one-time, opening night role in its staging of the show at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. next month.

“While the opera is best known for the vocal acrobatics required of its singers, the high-comedy antics of the non-singing role of the Duchess of Krakenthorp often steal the show,” the opera said in a statement.

The script of the opera will be slightly altered to mention Ginsburg’s job as a Supreme Court justice. Her character has been played by a diverse set of performers, from Spanish soprano Montserrat Caballé to actress Bea Arthur.

Ginsburg, however, is no stranger to the stage, appearing as an extra in several operas through the years.

In 2009, she and the late Justice Antonin Scalia were extras in a party scene of Richard Strauss’ “Ariadne auf Naxos” on the Washington National Opera stage, the Washington Post reported.

The Washington National Opera said she also was an extra in "Ariadne auf Naxos" in 1994 and in Johann Strauss II's "Die Fledermaus" in 2003.

Another Supreme Court justice, Sandra Day O’Connor, once made a surprise appearance in the Shakespeare Theatre Company’s production of “Henry V,” playing the role of Isabel, queen of France.

Ginsburg has always had a love of the arts. According to the Washingtonian, her mother introduced her to theater at the Brooklyn Academy — “my dream place as a child.”

Ticket sales were brisk for “Daughter of the Regiment.”

“We definitely sold a lot of tickets today after our announcement,” Washington National Opera spokesman Michael Solomon told Reuters.

Prince at Fox Theatre: date announced for rescheduled Atlanta shows

Prince’s Atlanta fans were likely disappointed when the musician announced that he would have to reschedule his two concerts at the Fox Theatre last week (April 7).

The singer has announced that the rescheduled shows will take place on April 14 at 7 p.m. and 10 p.m.

Tickets purchased for the original April 7 date will be honored for the same seats at the corresponding rescheduled show.

Ticket holders who are unable to attend their corresponding rescheduled show on April 14 must contact the Fox Theatre Ticket Office at 404-881-2017, boxoffice@foxtheatre.org or in person before April 12 at noon for information about a full refund. The office is open Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Returned tickets will go on sale to the public on April 13 at 10 a.m.

If you didn’t get your tickets last week or purchase returned tickets this week, they may be picked up from the Fox Theatre Box Office on the day of the show, starting at 10 a.m. for the 7 p.m. show and 1 p.m. for the 10 p.m show.

“The Prince Piano & A Microphone” concerts will feature hit songs from Prince’s catalog, in addition to new music from his 39th album “HitnRun Phase II.”

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Dralion Comes to Greater Atlanta

Fusing the 3000 year-old tradition of Chinese acrobatic arts with the multidisciplinary approach of Cirque du Soleil, Dralion draws its inspiration from Eastern philosophy and its never-ending quest for harmony between humans and nature. The show’s name is derived from its two emblematic creatures: the dragon, symbolizing the East, and the lion, symbolizing the West.

In Dralion, the four elements that govern the natural order take on a human form. Thus embodied, each element is represented by its own evocative colour: air is blue; water is green; fire is red; earth is ochre. In the world of Dralion, cultures blend, Man and Nature are one, and balance is achieved.

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Cirque Du Soleil: Dralion is coming to the greater Atlanta area this summer:

  • August 25-28 at Philips Arena
  • August 31 – September 4 at The Arena at Gwinnett Center

 

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