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Scalia v. Ginsburg, a musical saga

Reading hundreds and hundreds of pages of casebook  Supreme Court  opinions usually makes law students’ eyes glaze over. But one student read the dramatic written legal interplay between Justice Antonin G. Scalia and Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and it was music to his ears.

For Derrick Wang, a recent Maryland’s Carey School of Law grad and a musician, it all started with a dissent by Scalia.

“I realized this is the most dramatic thing I’ve ever read in law school … and I started to hear music — a rage aria about the Constitution,” Wang told NPR’s Nina Toenberg. “And then, in the midst of this roiling rhetoric, counterpoint, as Justice Ginsburg’s words appeared to me — a beacon of lyricism with a steely strength and a fervent conviction all their own. And I said to myself, ‘This is an opera.’ ”

That opera, called “Scalia/Ginsburg,” (which Ginsburg revealed in May was in the works) is now complete and will debut in the fall at the University of Maryland, and will be presented next spring at the Washington National Opera. The justices themselves got a sneak preview from Wang last month after the court issued its final decisions of the term.

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