August 14, 2020 at 8:00pm
August 16, 2020 at 2:30pm
Lesher Center for the Arts
Solo Opera is excited to announce we have received the rights to produce Derrick Wang's one-hour comic opera, Scalia/Ginsburg. The opera will include an incredible cast: Nikki Einfeld as “Ginsburg”, Christopher Bengochea as “Scalia”, and Kirk Eichelberger as the “Commentator”. Inspired by the opinions of U.S. Supreme Court Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg (liberal) and Antonin Scalia (conservative), the opera highlights their unlikely bi-partisan friendship and mutual love of opera. Tickets are now on sale. So mark your calendars as this is sure to be a popular show during the Presidential Election season!
Christopher Bengochea Nikki Einfeld Kirk Eichelberger
Hailed as a “fiercely entertaining crash course on the U.S. Constitution and the people who uphold it” (Broad Street Review), Scalia/Ginsburg is the American opera by polymathic composer-librettist Derrick Wang that launched the current era of Supreme Court-themed books, films, and art. The Los Angeles Times wrote: “Could we please make it a constitutional requirement that no one can be sworn into office in the White House or Congress without first having seen Scalia/Ginsburg?” Inspired by the unlikely friendship of the titular U.S. Supreme Court Justices, this “perfect…jewel” (Opera Today) was first heard in 2013 at the Supreme Court of the United States, was premiered at Lorin Maazel’s Castleton Festival (2015), presented in a revised version at The Glimmerglass Festival (2017), and continues to be produced nationwide. An early version of the libretto was published in the Columbia Journal of Law & the Arts, with prefaces by Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Antonin Scalia themselves. The opera is also featured in Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s book My Own Words as its own chapter, the audiobook version of which is narrated by the composer-librettist from New York’s Steinway Hall.
Derrick Wang is an interdisciplinary composer, writer, and thinker unlocking value in unlikely places.
As a composer, his music has received awards from organizations including ASCAP and BMI and has been performed by artists ranging from the American Modern Ensemble to the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, in venues from New York to Shanghai, and his orchestrations have been heard at Juilliard and Carnegie Hall.
As a librettist/lyricist, his words, set to his own music, have been performed at the Library of Congress, York Theatre, Ars Nova Theater, Joe’s Pub at the New York Public Theater, and Baltimore Center Stage, and he has served as a Resident Artist (Composer & Librettist) at American Lyric Theater.
As a scholar, his work has been published with prefaces by U.S. Supreme Court Justices and acclaimed for “successfully integrat[ing] huge amounts of constitutional theory [and] legal scholarship” (Above the Law) into music. He serves on the faculty of The Johns Hopkins University, where he teaches music and law in the Business of Music program at the Peabody Conservatory.
As a thinker and speaker, he currently serves as Founding Advisor at Arsapio, LLC, a creative consultancy for polymathic growth, and he addresses select audiences and organizations in the United States and abroad, including TEDxBroadway, the Second Circuit Judicial Conference, National Constitution Center, Stanford Arts Institute & Stanford Law School, Columbia Law School, and the University of Chicago Institute of Politics.
Formerly an attorney in private practice, he advised creative clients across industries in the launch, operation, and growth of their ventures, and was named to Thomson Reuters’ Super Lawyers® Maryland Rising Stars list for his work in intellectual property law.
He has also spent time at premier Silicon Valley startup accelerator Y Combinator, where he shadowed a group of over 100 startups while researching the creativity of tech entrepreneurship.
He is a graduate of Harvard University (AB magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa), the Yale School of Music (MM Composition), and the University of Maryland Carey School of Law (JD). For more information, visit www.derrickwang.com.