March 15, 2021

MSM Senior Opera Theatre celebrates Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on what would be her 88th birthday

The MSM Senior Opera Theatre class of 2021 directed by Tazewell Thompson, Director of MSM Opera Studies, presents a concert of Purcell, Verdi, and Weill, in honor of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, former Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States Supreme Court, on what would be her 88th birthday on March 15, 2021.

A love of opera

The video is dedicated to Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg as part of Women’s History Month to honor the anniversary of her birth month and her life’s work, her support of the arts, and in particular, her love of opera.

Justice Ginsburg was born on March 15, 1933 and passed away on September 18, 2020.

“Wide and empty is the road alone without irreplaceable you,” writes MSM Director of Opera Studies Tazewell Thompson as a dedication in the video. “Not sad anymore. We had you for a while. Now you are singing in the constellations with your friends: Tosca, Otello, Dido, Butterfly, Giovanni, Boris, Carmen, Violetta… Dear RBG: We hear you!”

“I love it so. My heart beats with joyous anticipation when I know the opera is about to start. Everything else goes away, and I am in the world in front of me.”

March 15, 1933 - September 20, 2020

MSM Senior Opera Theatre Class of 2021 (BM ’21) Celebrate Ruth Bader Ginsburg


Sarah Bacani
Cheryl Bains
Rayna Campbell
Arthi Nandakumar
Evangeline Ng
Katharine Pound
Emilie Suarez
Soo Min Yoo
Luxana Zepeda

Mezzo Sopranos

Mia Ludwig
Leah Israel
Margaret Shannon
Ruini Wang


José Velazquez


Le Bu

Directed by

Tazewell Thompson, MSM Director of Opera Studies

Conducting and piano by

Jorge Parodi, MSM Music Director, MSM Senior Opera Theatre

Video Editor

Simon C.F. Yu

Assistant Editor

Jude Kim

Audio Engineer

Akirhiro Nishimura

Tazewell Thompson, MSM Director of Opera Studies with Ruth Bader Ginsburg

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