In a lighthearted discussion on Opera, Arias and the Law… Justice Ginsburg notes opera’s most famous plea bargain is in CARMEN (by Bizet).
It’s true… the operatic plea bargain is at the end of Act I when the lovely (and mischievous) gypsy, Carmen, entices Don Jose not to arrest her but instead… to untie her bonds… and meet her for a dance at Lillas Pastia’s tavern outside of Seville. (Ole!)
While speaking about Opera, Justice Ginsburg notes that the opera Don Giovanni, by Mozart, is one of her favorites… and that she will be at a performance of Don Giovanni at the National Opera on October 13th. As far as her all time, operatic highlight… Justice Ginsburg says it was being serenaded by Placido Domingo in May 2011 when both Justice Ginsburg and Placido Domingo were awarded honorary degrees from Harvard. (To see the serenade… http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=UUYaA48rAfw#!)
Back to the plea bargain… set to beautiful music… in the final act of the opera, CARMEN… Don Jose and Carmen fight, she throws the ring he gave her at his feet, he stabs her, and then confesses his love. (Justice Ginsburg is right on point… opera raises many legal issues!)
See also: a synopsis of CARMEN at http://www.metoperafamily.org/metopera/history/stories/synopsis.aspx?id=117, Information on the Washington National Opera’s 10/13/2012 performance of Don Giovanni http://www.kennedy-center.org/events/?event=OMOSF, http://www.abajournal.com/news/article/justice_ginsburg_talks_about_arias_and_the_law/?utm_source=maestro&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=weekly_email and and www.kasterlegal.com