21 September 2020
The Santa Fe Opera joins the world in mourning the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg
By Emily Doyle Moore
The Santa Fe Opera joins the world in mourning the death of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Justice Ginsburg holds a special place in the heart of our opera company as a long-time patron and lover of the art form.
She attended the Santa Fe Opera regularly for many years through 2018. The audience always seemed to know when the Justice was in the theater. A buzz would begin as the Secret Service took their places. During her last week of attendance in 2018, whenever she entered the theater she would be greeted with a standing ovation, which she humbly acknowledged with smiles and a small wave.
Over the years, after the performance ended, she would often go backstage to meet the artists.
In 2017, the Santa Fe Opera and the Lensic Performing Arts Center were delighted to welcome Justice Ginsburg for a one-afternoon-only event, "Justice at the Opera," performed by members of the Santa Fe Opera’s Apprentice Program for Singers. The program featured select opera scenes and arias dealing with law and justice, followed by Justice Ginsburg’s engaging insights. Her love of opera was well known; she once said, "Music is the one time my head isn't filled with briefs and opinions. All that is put on a shelf and I just enjoy."
The world has lost a towering intellect and we have lost a beloved and supportive opera fan and friend. We extend our deepest sympathies to her family, friends and the many artists she delighted over the years with her presence and appreciation.
—The Santa Fe Opera Family
Video from then-Santa Fe Opera Production and Facilities Director Paul Horpedahl of a standing ovation prior to a performance of "The Italian Girl in Algiers," on August 9, 2018.