Date(s) - 09/12/2021
Lesher Center for the Arts
Searching for a great way to put behind all the craziness that was 2020 and begin healing the divide between the right and left? Look no further than Solo Opera’s production of Derrick Wang’s one-hour comedic opera in English, Scalia/Ginsburg. Inspired by the opinions of the late U.S. Supreme Court Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg (liberal) and Antonin Scalia (conservative), the opera highlights their unlikely bi-partisan friendship and mutual love of opera. They disagreed on how to interpret the constitution but were both unwavering in their reverence for the sacredness of it. Filled with witty humor and musical nods to favorite composers, this charming opera is sure to appeal to everyone!
According to Solo Opera Artistic Director, Sylvia Amorino, “We are so excited to receive the rights to share this wonderful opera with our community. We were originally scheduled to produce the show last August timed just before the presidential election. We were, of course, saddened to have had to cancel when the pandemic hit and everything shut down. But we feel the opera’s message, “We are different. We are one.” is almost more important to produce coming out of the pandemic as its message is one of healing, friendship, diversity, and inclusiveness.” Scalia/Ginsburg is booked for Friday, Sept. 10 – 8:00pm and Sunday, Sept. 12, 2021 – 2:00pm at the Lesher Center for the Arts. The opera will include an incredible cast: Nikki Einfeld as “Ginsburg”, Christopher Bengochea as “Scalia”, and Kirk Eichelberger as the “Commentator”. The chamber opera will be accompanied by a seven-piece orchestra under the baton of Maestro Alexander Katsman. An incredible production team will be led by Solo Opera Artistic Director, Sylvia Amorino, as stage director/producer. Seating is reserved and ticket prices are Adults: $50, Seniors: $40, Youth 17 and under: $25. Tickets go on sale June 18th at (925) 943-7469 or visit the Lesher Center for the Arts Ticket Office: 1601 Civic Drive Walnut Creek, CA. (A 30-minute lecture by Ian Kelley, Professor of Constitutional Law, one hour before each show.)