Michigan judge moonlights in famous comic opera

Marilyn Kelly has roll in 'The Barber of Seville'

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DETROIT - A Michigan Supreme Court justice is trading her robe for a maid's costume.

Marilyn Kelly has a role in "The Barber of Seville," which has a final run this weekend at the Detroit Opera House in downtown Detroit. Kelly plays a maid in Rossini's famous comic opera.

In one scene, Kelly puts a necklace and bracelets on Rosina while the lead female character sings. Michigan Opera Theatre posted a clip of the judge on YouTube.

Kelly says it's her first time on stage, although her dog had a role in another famous opera, "La Boheme."

Kelly's time on the Supreme Court ends in January. The 74-year-old can't run for re-election because of age restrictions.  


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