Scalia/Ginsburg
Composer: Derrick Wang
Composer Bio: Derrick Wang is a composer, lyricist/librettist, and pianist, creating dramatic music for an interdisciplinary world. He also engages audiences as a speaker on music, law, creativity, and the future of the performing arts. He is the composer and librettist of the opera Scalia/Ginsburg, inspired by the opinions of U.S. Supreme Court Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Antonin Scalia. Scalia/Ginsburg will receive its world premiere production on July 11, 17, & 19, 2015 at the Castleton Festival (founded by Lorin Maazel); the New York Times reports that Justice Ginsburg will be in attendance. Before its world premiere, Scalia/Ginsburg was introduced at the Supreme Court of the United States in 2013 by National Public Radio (NPR)’s Nina Totenberg. Since then, selections from Scalia/Ginsburg have been presented by the Washington National Opera, Glimmerglass Festival, Castleton Festival, Maryland Opera Studio, Second Circuit Judicial Conference (co-sponsored by Columbia Law School, with artists from Opera Saratoga), National Constitution Center, and Stanford Arts Institute & Stanford Law School. Scalia/Ginsburg has also been the subject of a front-page article in The Wall Street Journal, a three-page feature in the Süddeutsche Zeitung (Germany’s largest national subscription daily newspaper), and articles in outlets such as the ABA Journal, Associated Press (AP), Bloomberg, New Republic, and Washington Post. Scalia/Ginsburg has also been a featured topic on the ABC television program Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?. As a composer, Derrick Wang has received awards from musical organizations including ASCAP and BMI. His compositions, played by groups ranging from the American Modern Ensemble to the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, have been heard in venues from New York to Shanghai, and his orchestrations have been performed at Carnegie Hall and Juilliard. As a lyricist and librettist for theater and opera, his words, set to his own music, have been performed at venues including the York Theatre, Ars Nova Theater, Joe’s Pub (New York Public Theater), Center Stage (Baltimore), Harvard University, and Yale University. He has also served as a Resident Artist (Composer-Librettist) at American Lyric Theater. As a pianist, he performs as a soloist in private events for audiences that have included U.S. Supreme Court justices, baseball player Cal Ripken, Jr., and philanthropist W. P. Carey. As a speaker and presenter, he has addressed performing-arts audiences, legal organizations, and educational institutions in the United States and abroad. Recent appearances include presentations for the Second Circuit Judicial Conference, National Constitution Center, Stanford Arts Institute & Stanford Law School, and University of Chicago Institute of Politics. Born in Baltimore, he graduated from Gilman School while studying piano at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University. He received his AB magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, in music from Harvard University and his Master of Music degree in composition on a Richardson Scholarship from the Yale School of Music. He also received his JD on a Houff Leadership Scholarship from the University of Maryland Carey School of Law.
Librettist: Derrick Wang
Other Artistic Personnel: Maria Tucci, director
Premiere Date: July 11, 2015
Producing Company: Castleton Festival
Description: What happens when U.S. Supreme Court Justices go before a Higher Power? In this comic opera by composer-librettist Derrick Wang, Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Antonin Scalia must pass through three cosmic trials to secure their freedom. The catch: they may have to agree on the Constitution. Derrick Wang’s Scalia/Ginsburg is a valentine to law and opera, where the law’s leading players go toe-to-toe and trill-to-trill in a (gentle) parody of operatic proportions. Opinions will be offered. Dissents will be delivered. And justice will be sung. || Scalia/Ginsburg is an American comic opera in one act by composer-librettist Derrick Wang, inspired by the opinions of U.S. Supreme Court Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Antonin Scalia. Introduced at the Supreme Court of the United States in 2013 by NPR's Nina Totenberg, the opera has received national attention, including a front-page article in The Wall Street Journal and concert presentations of excerpts by the Washington National Opera, Glimmerglass Festival, Castleton Festival, Maryland Opera Studio, and Second Circuit Judicial Conference (co-sponsored by Columbia Law School, with artists from Opera Saratoga). || Scalia/Ginsburg will receive its world premiere production at the Castleton Festival (Castleton, Virginia) on July 11, 17, and 19, 2015. The production will be directed by Broadway and film star Maria Tucci. Tickets go on sale on January 5, 2015.
Character List (Major): Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg (soprano) || Justice Antonin Scalia (tenor) || The Commentator (bass)
Reviews: http://n.pr/16vt7S9 || http://bloom.bg/1fXs8gB || http://bit.ly/SG-WSJ2
Length: 00:70
Total Acts: 1
Musical Style: “Operatic precedent”
Contact: Derrick Wang
E-mail Address: info@derrickwang.com
Composer Web Site: http://www.derrickwang.com/
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