Scalia/Ginsburg/Wang: An Opera and Conversation about Forging Friendship across Ideological Divides

Brought to you by SNF Agora Institute and Peabody Institute on Hopkins at Home 

Thanks to OperaDelaware for their generous sponsorship of this program.

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Join SNF Agora Institute and Peabody Institute to enjoy Scalia/Ginsburg, an American opera by composer-librettist Derrick Wang, live on Hopkins at Home. This comedy about friendship in a divided world was inspired by the words of U.S. Supreme Court Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Antonin Scalia. Directly following the radio broadcast, Professor Derrick Wang and Dean Fred Bronstein will host participants in an interactive discussion about the opera and its implications for our divided democracy. Details to join this discussion on Zoom will be provided in the confirmation email once you register. 

Please note: Hopkins at Home will access the WFMT live radio broadcast, a double bill of OperaDelaware's acclaimed production, beginning at 1pm EST with Gilbert and Sullivan's half-hour light opera Trial by Jury. Following a brief intermission featuring an interview with Derrick Wang at approximately 1:30 pm EST, Scalia/Ginsburg will air.

To find out more about this opera and the production, visit and OperaDelaware at

Special thanks to OperaDelaware and Brendan Cooke, Peabody '01, General Director & Producer, for generously making this broadcast possible and for providing the presentation of lyrics and production photos. Fenlon Lamb, Peabody '98, stage-directed the acclaimed OperaDelaware production of Scalia/Ginsburg. 

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Headshot of Derrick WangDerrick Wang

is a creator, thinker, and advisor unlocking value in unlikely places. At Peabody, he teaches music and law in the Professional Studies and Business of Music programs. As Founding Advisor of Arsapio, a creative consultancy and newsletter for polymathic growth, he demonstrates how artistic knowledge can unlock leadership potential in organizations of all kinds. As a thinker, his interdisciplinary writing has been profiled in international media, cited in legal periodicals and on network television, and published with forewords by U.S. Supreme Court Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Antonin Scalia. As a speaker and pianist, he addresses judges and legislators across the American political spectrum. As a composer, he has received awards from ASCAP and BMI, with works performed in venues from New York to Shanghai and orchestrations performed at Carnegie Hall and Juilliard. He is a graduate of Harvard University, the Yale School of Music, and the University of Maryland Carey School of Law. @WhatDerrickSaid #SupremeOpera 


Headshot of Dean BronsteinFred Bronstein – an accomplished pianist, dedicated music educator, and successful chief executive of American symphony orchestras – began his appointment as the first dean of the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University on June 1, 2014. He was renewed for a second five-year term beginning July 1, 2019. With his second term underway, and building on progress to date made through the Breakthrough Plan initiative, Dean Bronstein is engaging the Institute in a renewal process to take a fresh look at the Breakthrough Plan today, to assess the ongoing fit of initiatives in support of the Five Pillars, and to make refinements and revisions within the framework of the plan to position Peabody for the next five years. Ongoing throughout the 2019-20 academic year, this process is engaging faculty, staff, students, volunteers, and alumni in order to help shape the next incarnation of Peabody’s Breakthrough Plan 2024. As a performer, Bronstein toured for eight years and could be heard on New World Records as part of Aequalis, a chamber group he co-founded with a focus on new American music, innovative programming, and educational outreach. 


 Event Date
Saturday, November 7, 2020
Start Time: 1:00pm
End Time: 4:00pm


Via Livestream and Zoom
Baltimore, MD 21218

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