DC Theatre Scene praises ‘knockout performance’ of ‘Scalia/Ginsburg’ aria at Glimmerglass
DC Theatre Scene, reviewing the Glimmerglass Festival’s July 19 event with Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, praises the excerpt from the opera Scalia/Ginsburg as “the knockout performance of the afternoon” — and exhorts:
Oh, Washington community, let’s champion our own and bring this opera by Derrick Wang…to full fruition in the Washington area.
The knockout performance of the afternoon was unmistakably Jacqueline Echols, in the opera-still-in-development, Scalia/Ginsburg. Echols performed Justice Ginsburg herself in her response to Scalia on the issue of legal constructionism. Echols is both beautiful and a vocally expressive singer-actress. She exudes a mature singer’s confidence and radiant courage that deftly portrayed the forward-thinking Justice. She moves effortlessly through a “Ginsburg aria” that consists of a pastiche of Carmen’s “[Seguidilla,]” a soulful jazzy melody, and the dazzling pyrotechnics of a gospel diva.
At the scene’s end, Justice Ginsburg remarked, “That is just exactly the way I am and sound — in the shower.”
[Photo: Glimmerglass Festival]