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The Sunday Opera: OperaDelaware's Double Feature "Trial by Jury" and "Scalia / Ginsburg"

We’re heading to court on this week’s Sunday Opera (11/22 3:00 p.m.) with a double feature from Opera Delaware with their production of William Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan’s “Trial by Jury” and Derrick Wang’s “Scalia and Ginsburg.”  “Trial by Jury” features Colin Doyle as Edwin, the man who is on trial for jilting Angelina (Anais Naharro-Murphy) because he’s found another.  Only a last minute inspiration by the Learned Judge (Ben Lowe) saves the case.  Wang’s piece looks at the unlikely friendship between Supreme Court Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg (Jennifer Zetlan) and Antonin Scalia (Brian Cheney).  They’re joined  by Ben Wager as The Commentator.   Legal actions aren’t just the purview of the courts, and after the opera, we’ll be looking at four pieces that ran afoul of censors for a variety of reasons.  These include Mendelssohn’s incidental music to “Athelie,” Hindemith’s “Mathis der Maler,” Kodaly’s “Peacock Variations,” and Copland’s “Lincoln Portrait.”

Michael is program host and host of the WWFM Sunday Opera, Sundays at 3 pm, and co-host of The Dress Circle, Sundays at 7 pm.