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

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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. 

This program is tagged by Common Question. Find out more information here.


ABOUT Derrick Wang
Lecturer, Peabody Institute

Derrick 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 

ABOUT Fred Bronstein
Dean, Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University

Dean Fred Bronstein, DMAan accomplished pianist, dedicated music educator, and successful chief executive of American symphony orchestras – was appointed the first dean of the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University on June 1, 2014. During his first term Bronstein instituted a comprehensive, five-year Breakthrough Plan to focus the administration on strategic goals and improving the school's financial stability, a process that was renewed in 2019-2020. Under his leadership, Peabody adopted a new curriculum that redefines the education model for aspiring artists, preparing them for 21st-century careers. The school also launched two innovative academic programs in 2018—in dance and in music for new media—which helped increase the school's applications and enrollment.  Bronstein has led Peabody in establishing ties with other Hopkins schools and with Baltimore community programs to bring performance and arts education beyond the halls of the conservatory. He helped establish the Johns Hopkins Center for Music and Medicine, and its affiliate, the Johns Hopkins Rehabilitation Network Clinic for Performing Artists at Peabody is the first of its kind on a music school campus. Bronstein has also been an advocate for equity and inclusion and has been outspoken in his belief that attracting new and diverse audiences is necessary to ensure the future success of the performing arts industry. Prior to joining Peabody, Bronstein served as president of several orchestras, including the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, Omaha Symphony, and Dallas Symphony Orchestra. 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. He received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the State University of New York, Stony Brook.

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


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