For the Love of Opera: Celebrating RBG’s 88th Birthday

Monday, Mar 15, 2021

See “Ways to Watch” below for details on how to access the program.
Registration required for Zoom only.

 “If I had any talent that God could give me, I would be a great diva. But, sadly, I have a monotone…[I sing] only in the shower and in my dreams.”
—U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

RBG was notoriously passionate about opera. It’s no surprise that the plots of her favorite operas often paralleled her professional pursuit of justice. To mark her 88th birthday, the first since her passing, we are celebrating with performances of some of her favorite opera arias. 

 The program will feature performances from NMAJH’s Dell Theater by Joshua Blue (tenor), Norman Garrett (baritone), Michelle Rice (soprano), Ashley Marie Robillard (soprano); instrumental accompaniment by and Stephen Karr (piano) and Grant Loehnig (piano); as well as remarks and reflections by Francesca Zambello (stage director, artistic director for the Washington National Opera and the Glimmerglass Festival), Lawrence Brownlee (tenor, Artistic Advisor of Opera Philadelphia) and Peter Kazaras (stage director, tenor, Director of Opera UCLA).

Ways to Watch

Facebook: Look for the LIVE post on the Museum’s Facebook page beginning at 7:30 pm ET. The program will begin promptly at 8 pm ET. You do not need a Facebook account to view the program.

NMAJH website: At 7:30 pm ET, the livestream countdown will also begin on the Museum’s website at the top of this page. You will be prompted to enter your email address. Please note that you may need to refresh your screen and press “play” on the video—the static image will be replaced with the live feed before the program starts. The program will begin promptly at 8 pm ET. Please note that audience Q&A is only available on Facebook and Zoom during the live program.

Zoom: Registration is required to view on Zoom. Click here to register. Zoom will cut off registration/stop letting people in when we run out of room. Should that occur, please use one of the other methods listed above instead–they are all free and have unlimited capacity.


This event is free with a suggested $18 donation. All donations will be split between the National Museum of American Jewish History and Opera Philadelphia.

Special thanks to the Lowell Milken Center for Music of American Jewish Experience at the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music for their partnership in this event.

This program is presented by