(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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