‘Trial by Jury’ & ‘Scalia/Ginsburg’

OperaDelaware Double Bill | November 7, 2020, 12:00 pm

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Jennifer Zetlan as Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Brian Cheney as Justice Antonin Scalia (Photo: Joe del Tufo, Moonloop Photography)

A double bill of courtroom operatic comedies is on the docket as Opera Delaware presents two works separated by 140 years: first, Trial by Jury, by Gilbert and Sullivan and second, Scalia/Ginsburg by contemporary composer Derrick Wang.

Premiered in 1875, Trial by Jury brings is all the comic wit and farce that had become the standard in a Gilbert and Sullivan production. In their second collaboration together, we have a bride to be who brings her fiancé to court for leaving her at the altar. And the judge’s solution is a surprise to us all.

Trial by Jury (in English)

Composer: Arthur Sullivan
Librettist: William Schwenck Gilbert
Director: Cynthia du Pont Tobias

The Learned Judge: Ben Lowe, baritone
Angelina (the Plaintiff): Anaïs Naharro-Murphy, soprano
Edwin (the Defendant): Colin Doyle, tenor
Bridesmaid (1): Chelsea Duval-Major, mezzo-soprano
Bridesmaid (2): Dana Macintosh, soprano
Counsel for the Plaintiff: Orin Strunk, tenor
Usher: Cody Müller, bass

OperaDelaware Orchestra
OperaDelaware Chorus

Sara Jobin

Derrick Wang’s 2015 Scalia/Ginsburg is inspired by the friendship of Supreme Court Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Antonin Scalia who shared two things — a deep philosophical opposition and a love of opera. But what would happen if these two ideological opposites had to appear before a Higher Power?

Scalia/Ginsburg (in English)

Composer & Librettist: Derrick Wang
Director: Fenlon Lamb

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg: Jennifer Zetlan, soprano
Justice Antonin Scalia: Brian Cheney, tenor
Commentator: Ben Wager, bass-baritone

OperaDelaware Orchestra

Sara Jobin