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Mar 15 2021


For the Love of Opera: Celebrating RGB's 88th Birthday

See “ways to watch” below for details on how to access the program. 5PM Pacific Time Zone / 8PM Eastern Time Zone

“If I had any talent that God could give me, I would be a great diva. But, sadly, I have a monotone…[I sing] only in the shower and in my dreams.”—U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg (RBG)

RBG was notoriously passionate about opera. It’s no surprise that the plots of her favorite operas often paralleled her professional pursuit of justice. To mark her 88th birthday, the first since her passing, we are celebrating with performances of some of her favorite opera arias.

The program will feature performances from NMAJH’s Dell Theater by Joshua Blue (tenor), Norman Garrett (baritone), Michelle Rice (soprano), Ashley Marie Robillard (soprano); instrumental accompaniment by Stephen Karr (piano) and Grant Loehnig (piano); as well as remarks and reflections by Francesca Zambello (stage director, artistic director for the Washington National Opera and the Glimmerglass Festival), Lawrence Brownlee (tenor, Artistic Advisor of Opera Philadelphia) and Peter Kazaras (stage director, tenor, Director of Opera UCLA).

This program is presented by the National Museum of American Jewish History, Opera Philadelphia, and the Lowell Milken Center for Music of American Jewish Experience at The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music.

Ways to watch:

On Monday, March 15, at 5:00 p.m. PT / 8:00 p.m. ET, For The Love of Opera will air via Facebook Live on the NMAJH Facebook page, the Opera Philadelphia Facebook page, and the Lowell Milken Center for Music of American Jewish Experience and The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music Facebook pages, with a limited number of Zoom slots also available. This special production will be available on-demand after the event on the above Facebook pages, NMAJH’s website, and on the Opera Philadelphia Channel.