U.S. Supreme Court Justice and opera aficionado Ruth Bader Ginsburg will appear as a guest host Monday on WFMT FM 98.7, Chicago’s classical music station.
Starting at 10 a.m. Monday, Ginsburg will join midday host Lisa Flynn live on the air to share some of her favorite music. At 11 a.m. Ginsburg and Flynn will present “Opera and the Law,” during which singers from Lyric Opera of Chicago will perform operatic excerpts with legal themes.
The repertoire, featuring scenes from Bizet’s Carmen, Wagner’s Das Rheingold, Britten’s Billy Budd, Jake Heggie and Terrence McNally’s Dead Man Walking, and Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Pirates of Penzance, was selected by Ginsburg, who’ll provide her own commentary.
Ginsburg’s son, James Ginsburg, is founder and president of Cedille Records, Chicago’s nonprofit classical label.
“We are thrilled to welcome Justice Ginsburg to WFMT,” Steve Robinson, general manager of the Window to the World Communications station, said in a statement. “To have someone of her stature who has such a passion for classical music on our air is a great honor, and we are delighted to partner with our friends at Lyric Opera of Chicago and the Ryan Opera Center for this very special event.”
Performers from Lyric Opera’s Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center will include Annie Rosen, Alec Carlson, Jesse Donner and Patrick Guetti, with piano accompaniment by music director Craig Terry.
After the broadcast, Ginsburg will reveal her top five favorite operas in a web-exclusive segment on wfmt.com. Clips from the broadcast also will be aired Monday on “Chicago Tonight,” the nightly news show on public television WTTW-Channel 11, starting at 7 p.m.
Ginsburg, 82, has been an associate justice of the Supreme Court since 1993.