Scalia/Ginsburg: An Opera by Derrick Wang and Across the Aisle: A Panel Discussion on Justice and Jurisprudence

The Wheeler Centre

Event Date: 
7 February 2021
Author / Presenters: 
Julian Burnside, Hilary Charlesworth, Marcia Neave, and Louise Milligan

Join us for an unforgettable evening in the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria, Melbourne Gardens, as we honour the legacy of Ruth Bader Ginsburg with a panel conversation and the Australian premiere of Derrick Wang’s opera Scalia/Ginsburg.

Scalia/Ginsburg is a comic opera about the close and unlikely friendship between US Supreme Court justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Antonin Scalia. The two towering legal figures, who publicly disagreed on many legal and ideological questions, enjoyed a decades-long friendship and a shared passion for opera. 

Created by composer-librettist Derrick Wang, this one-act opera premiered at a festival in Virginia in 2015 with Ginsburg in attendance. In February, it's coming to Melbourne Gardens for one night only.

At this very special event, we’ll bring together some of our brightest legal minds – including Louise Milligan, Professor Hilary Charlesworth, the Honourable Marcia Neave, and host Julian Burnside QC – for Across the Aisle, a panel discussion on legal history, blazed trails and giants of jurisprudence; followed by a short intermission and a performance of Scalia/Ginsburg by Orchestra Victoria.

Roll up with a picnic to the Australian Shakespeare Company’s lawn, as the Bard hands over his stage to the Notorious RBG.

Presented in partnership with Orchestra Victoria and in collaboration with Royal Botanic Gardens. Supported by Glenn Elston and the Australian Shakespeare Company.