U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg recently sat down with SiriusXM to discuss one of her loves — classical opera. Fans can hear Ginsburg’s special, A Love Supreme: Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Opera, on SiriusXM’s Met Opera Radio (Ch. 75).
Recorded at the U.S. Supreme Court, Ginsburg hand-picked more than a dozen classics and commented on many of her favourites in conversation with Met Opera Radio Program Director Julie James. But this special goes beyond simple symphony commentary — Ginsburg also recalled the freeing act of experiencing a performance (which is likely no small feat in her seemingly tireless line of work) and dove into some of her earliest memories of opera.
“My passion for opera began in 1944,” Ginsburg said. “I was 11 years old and my aunt — who taught English in a middle school in Brooklyn, New York — took me to a high school where there was an abbreviated performance of La Gioconda. I was just blown away by it. I’d never heard such glorious music.”
To hear even more stories of why Ginsburg finds the genre so resonant, tune in to Met Opera Radio on Tuesday, March 10th at 6 pm ET or any of the encore dates below (all times in ET).
Wednesday, March 11th at 3 pm ET
Saturday, March 14th at 12 am and 9 am ET
Sunday, March 15th at 12 pm ET
You can also listen to the special On Demand.