Ruth Bader Ginsburg celebrates 80th birthday with Washington National Opera

(Yassine El Mansouri for the Washington National Opera)

When one of their biggest superfans turned 80, the Washington National Opera had the perfect gift in mind. At a birthday celebration for Ruth Bader Ginsburg Saturday night — coinciding with the opening night of Bellini’s “Norma” — the opera folks gave the Supreme Court justice an ivory silk crepe de chine shawl made in its own costume shop, a replica of the shawls worn by the Druid priestesses in the new production.  And tenor Corey Evan Rotz (shown above, right, greeting Ginsburg) serenaded her with a Franz Lehár aria. Guests included Nina Totenberg, Miguel Estrada, Michael Kaiser, Michael Kahn, Susan Lehrman, Clarice Smith.

A closer look at that new shawl, as Ginsburg chats with guest Angela Meade. (Yassine El Mansouri for the Washington National Opera)

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Amy Argetsinger is a staff writer for the Style section.
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Amy Argetsinger · March 11, 2013