Justice Ginsburg weighs legal lessons of opera
CHICAGO (AP) — It turns out lawyers and opera singers have more in common than booming voices and a love of melodrama.
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is among the jurists who have looked for legal lessons in arias, and she got a chance Friday to indulge both passions at the American Bar Association's annual meeting in Chicago.
Along with U.S. Solicitor General Donald Verrilli, Ginsburg took part in an unusual panel discussion of the intersection of opera and the law, listening to a few live performances of some of opera's greatest works. They mused about such issues as original intent, in both interpreting the law and operas such as Mozart's "The Magic Flute." Some later productions of that opera have scrubbed the score of elements that could be considered racist or sexist.
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