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

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

Scalia/Ginsburg is a comic opera about the close and unlikely friendship between US Supreme Court justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Antonin Scalia. The two towering legal figures, who publicly disagreed on many legal and ideological questions, enjoyed a decades-long friendship and a shared passion for opera. 

Created by composer-librettist Derrick Wang, this one-act opera premiered at a festival in Virginia in 2015 with Ginsburg in attendance. In February, it's coming to Melbourne Gardens for one night only.

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 QC – 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.

Roll up with a picnic to the Australian Shakespeare Company’s lawn, as the Bard hands over his stage to the Notorious RBG.

Presented in partnership with Orchestra Victoria and in collaboration with Royal Botanic Gardens. Supported by Glenn Elston and the Australian Shakespeare Company.


Portrait of Julian Burnside

Julian Burnside

Julian Burnside AO QC is an Australian barrister who specialises in commercial litigation and is also deeply involved in human rights work, in particular in relation to refugees.

Portrait of Hilary Charlesworth

Hilary Charlesworth

Hilary Charlesworth was educated at the University of Melbourne and Harvard Law School. She is, from 2016, a Melbourne Laureate Professor at Melbourne Law School and Distinguished Professor and Director of the Centre for International Governance and Justice in the Regulatory Institutions Network at the Australian National University. She has held visiting appointments at United States and European universities. She held an ARC Federation Fellowship from 2005-2010 and an ARC Laureate Fellowship (2010-2015).

Portrait of Marcia Neave

Marcia Neave

The Hon. Marcia Neave AO has had an outstanding career as a judge, lawyer, academic and public policy maker.

From February 2015 to March 2016, she was the chair of the Royal Commission into Family Violence. That Royal Commission was entrusted with the task of making recommendations regarding the family violence support system and justice system in Victoria, including government and non-government organisations, courts, police, corrections and child protection. The Commission's Report including its 227 recommendations were provided to the Victorian Government on 29 March 2016.

Prior to her role as Commissioner, for nine years she was a Justice of the Court of Appeal at the Supreme Court of Victoria.

Portrait of Louise Milligan

Louise Milligan

Louise Milligan is an investigative reporter for ABC TV's Four Corners and the bestselling author of Cardinal, which won the Walkley Book Award and broke massive international news preceding the court case and successive and ultimately successful appeals involving one of the most senior members of the Catholic Church hierarchy. Among many awards for her work, she's also the recipient of the 2019 Press Freedom Medal. Her latest book is Witness: An investigation into the brutal cost of seeking justice.

How much?

Adult: $65.00 plus a one-off $4.95 transaction fee.

Concession: $54.00 plus a one-off $4.95 transaction fee.​

Adult (A-Reserve): $108.00 plus a one-off $4.95 transaction fee.

Concession (A-Reserve): $98.00 plus a one-off $4.95 transaction fee.

A Reserve package ticket includes easy viewing seating with a picnic rug and small backed chairs, a bottle of wine or champagne on arrival, and a voucher for a coffee, tea or hot chocolate at interval.

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