The Australian premiere of


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An Opera by Derrick Wang &
Across the Aisle: A Panel Discussion on Justice and Jurisprudence

Join us for an unforgettable evening in the Royal Botanic Gardens as we honour the legacy of Ruth Bader Ginsburg with a panel discussion and the Australian premiere of Derrick Wang’s opera Scalia/Ginsburg.


Scalia/Ginsburg is a one-act opera by composer-librettist Derrick Wang that ushered in the era of Supreme Court-themed art.

At this very special event, we’ll bring together some of our brightest legal minds – including Louise Milligan, Professor Hilary Charlesworth, the Honourable Marcia Neave, and host Julian Burnside – for Across the Aisle, a panel discussion on legal history, blazed trails and giants of jurisprudence; followed by a short intermission and a performance of Scalia/Ginsburg by Orchestra Victoria.


Scalia/Ginsburg follows the close and unlikely friendship between US Supreme Court justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Antonin Scalia; two towering legal figures, who publicly disagreed on many legal and ideological questions, enjoyed a decades-long friendship and a shared passion for opera. The opera had its world premiere at Lorin Maazel’s Castleton Festival in Virginia in 2015 with Ginsburg in attendance and now in February, it's coming to the Australian Shakespeare Company stage in Melbourne Gardens for one night only.

Don't miss this trailblazing premiere performance.


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Creatives and Cast


Composer & Librettist – Derrick Wang
Conductor — Nicolette Fraillon AM
Repetiteur and Assistant Conductor – Simon Bruckard 


Justice Ginsburg — Sofia Troncoso
Justice Scalia — Samuel Sakker
The Commentator — Christopher Hillier 

Across the Aisle Panellists 

Julian Burnside AO QC 
Hilary Charlesworth
The Hon. Marcia Neave AO
Louise Milligan

Presented by Orchestra Victoria in collaboration with The Royal Botanic Gardens and The Wheeler Centre.

Kindly supported by Glenn Elston OAM and the Australian Shakespeare Company. 

Scalia/Ginsburg is presented by special arrangement with Consequent Music.

This event will be presented in accordance with the Victorian Government COVIDSafe guidelines.

Scalia/Ginsburg is for me a dream come true

—Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

OperaDelaware's 2019 production of Scalia/Ginsburg

Brian Cheney as Justice Scalia
Jennifer Zetlan as Justice Ginsburg

Photography by Joe del Tufo and Justin Heyes, Moonloop Photography

Please Note: The Australian premiere will be presented as a concert performance. Images for reference only.