-- Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg made her DJ debut on Monday.
“DJ RBG” joined Lisa Flynn, a host at the Chicago classical radio station WFMT, in the broadcast booth and shared some of her favorite tunes with listeners. Ginsburg revealed she was a fan of the mid-20th century conductor, Charles Dean Dixon.
Ginsburg said she first fell in love with classical music at the age of 11. She attended a high school production of La Gioconda and Dixon was the conductor.
“I had never experienced anything like that -- the drama, the music,” she said. “I loved the opera ever since.”
But she acknowledged she isn’t always a fan of the portrayal of women in opera.
“There is an occasional opera with a strong woman,” Ginsburg said, but, “most of them tend to be victims.”
Ginsburg, herself, is a character in “Scalia/Ginsburg,” a comic opera by Derrick Wang that had its world premiere this summer. The one-act opera is said to be inspired by the opinions of both Ginsburg and fellow Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia as well as the works of Händel, Mozart, Verdi, Puccini and others.
Ginsburg is not the only member of her family who appreciates classical music. According to WMFT, Ginsburg’s son, James, runs Cedille Records, a nonprofit classical record label in Chicago.