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Scalia/Ginsburg: an Opera by Derrick Wang, the one-act contemporary opera, is presented in partnership with the Clinton Foundation. The opera features the seemingly unlikely friendship between the late Associate Justices of the Supreme Court of the United States Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Antonin Scalia. Although their interpretations of the Constitution could vary widely, the justices shared a deep love of opera.

The opera’s theme, “We are different, we are one” reminds the audience that we all have more in common with each other than we think. 

Starring local favorite artists Matthew Tatus and Shannon Rookey in the title roles, audiences should be prepared for a romping good time inspired by judicial opinions with diverse operatic influences. The role of the Commentator is performed by lyric bass Michael Colman who has played the role numerous times including most recently at the Chautauqua Opera in New York. 

Scalia/Ginsburg is directed by Ella Marchment with music direction by Geoffrey Robson featuring a chamber septet from the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra.

Your ticket to our Opening Night Celebration includes the performance, a talkback discussion panel with the director and special guests, a dessert reception with beer/wine open bar, and a souvenir show poster. Come celebrate the opening of the 21-22 Season!

*Scalia/Ginsburg is presented by special arrangement with Consequent Music

Due to the pandemic all shows are subject to change.

  • We encourage those attending any performance to follow the current health care guidelines. OITR will continue to share information as it develops. We will also share updates on the Clinton Foundation and Presidential Center’s requirements.

Based upon the number of new COVID-19 cases and high case positivity rate in Pulaski County, the National Archives and Records Administration has temporarily closed the exhibits inside the Clinton Presidential Center to the public beginning Monday, August 2, 2021. (Clinton Presidential Center statement, July 30, 2021)

Based upon guidance issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, anyone entering the Clinton Presidential Center must wear a mask while indoors, regardless of COVID-19 vaccination status. (Clinton Presidential Center statement, July 29, 2021)


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Opening Night Celebration
$ 125.00 Includes 3% Processing Fee
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