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In life and in death, the late Ruth Bader Ginsberg impacts the arts and her passion for the Washington National Opera

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg in her black robe and signature white collar
Steve Petteway

A sale of the estate of the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has resulted in the sum of $803,650 being raised for the Washington National Opera.

Francesca Zambello, Artistic Director of the Washington National Opera, once said of the late Supreme Court Justice, "Ruth Bader Ginsburg was one of the greatest advocates for our art form. She made all of us better artists through her high principles and inspiring way of living."

Justice Ginsberg in the Washington National Opera in long gold gown, taking a bow with cast members behind
Scott Suchman

In Ginsberg's honor, the Washington National Opera even opened their 2021-2022 season with "Come Home: A Celebration of Return." The performance featured excerpts from Ginsburg's favorite operas, commemorating her great contributions to American ideals.

Ginsberg's family has honored her with several gifts to WNO, including her piano, recordings, books and other memorabilia. Recently several items from the estate of the late Justice were sold at auction, raising well over $800,000 for WNO, more than ten times estimated expectations. One item that went for a large sum was a drawing by Ginsberg's (then) young grandson Paul, depicting Ginsburg as the Statue of Liberty, that contained a note that red "Bubbie [Grandma] of Liberty." Read more about the auction and Bader's commitment to the Washington National Opera.