For those of you out there put off by a lack of stardom by your mid-twenties, don’t be discouraged. Today’s story shows that you’re only too late to make a change when you are dead.
And we say that because Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has revealed plans to perform in an opera.
According to All Music, ” The opera takes place around the year 1815, when the French occupied the Tyrol area; the heroine of the title, Marie, is the manager of a military canteen for the regiment, in love with a local peasant named Tonio who is suspected of being a spy. The soldiers gallantly treat her as a “daughter of the regiment.”
Now, if you are worried that she may not have the pipes for opera, don’t sweat it. She is not actually going to be singing. She will be in a performance of Gaetano Donizetti’s Daughter of the Regiment and will play the role of the Duchess of Krakenthorp — a non-singing part. It has become a tradition of sorts to get a celebrity to play the part on stage in recent years, and Ginsburg is joining the ranks of Dawn French and Bea Arthur. That said, the part will be slightly rewritten to reflect the fact that Ginsburg is in the role.
“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,” said the crew in a statement. “We definitely sold a lot of tickets today after our announcement.”
The show will take place at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. on November 12.