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Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Family Donates to Washington National Opera

The gifts include Ginsburg's piano, opera recordings, books, and memorabilia


In honor of the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the Washington National Opera opened its 2021-2022 season with "Come Home: A Celebration of Return." The performance featured excerpts from Ginsburg's favorite operas, commemorating her great contributions to American ideals.

“I can think of no organization better suited to present such a tribute concert than Washington National Opera,” said James Ginsburg, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s son. “I greatly look forward to seeing these tribute performances by some of my mom’s favorite singers.”

Ginsburg's family honored her love for the WNO with a gift to the company, including her piano, the costume from her appearance in a WNO production of the Daughter of the Regiment in 2016, and some of her personal opera recordings, books, and memorabilia.

The evening also included an announcement of the newly renamed Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Studio and Music Library at WNO's rehearsal studio in Takoma Park, where the piano is in use and Ginsburg's items will be on display for WNO's artists and guests.

"Ruth Bader Ginsburg was one of the greatest advocates for our art form," said Artistic Director Francesca Zambello. "She also made all of us better artists through her high principles and inspiring way of living. With her in our audience, we wanted to do our best to elevate ourselves to her level. Thanks to this gift of her piano, WNO artists are connected to her passion and legacy as they prepare for roles and future careers for generations to come," she added.

In addition, the family of the late Justice Antonin Scalia paid tribute to the two justices’ friendship with a donation to WNO. The gift was made by Trish and Gene Scalia, in loving memory of Justice Scalia and Justice and Marty Ginsburg.

Ginsburg's performance in the WNO production of the Daughter of the Regiment in 2016 can be watched below:

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