Oysters, M&Ms and a Senator’s Daughter: ‘Elixir of Love’

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Jacqueline Mars, left, soprano Sarah Coburn, and Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg at the Washington National Opera’s after party.

What did the Washington National Opera serve its guests at the after-party for the opening of “The Elixir of Love” Saturday night?

Oysters, the most legendary love potion, of all.

“It’s aphrodisiacal,” joked soprano Sarah Coburn.

“Opera singers don’t need it,” she added. “We’re wild and crazy.”

Coburn, 36, plays the heroine of the Donizetti comedy and credits her father, Sen. Tom Coburn, the Oklahoma Republican, with teaching her the art of life.

“He’s taught me courage,” she said at the event, joined by Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, an opera regular who rushed to her side to offer congratulations on her performance.

The elder Coburn, a physician known by his colleagues as “Dr. No”, is retiring after having been diagnosed with cancer last year.

His daughter said the senator plans to be in the audience at the Kennedy Center Tuesday night.

Among the others at the party: Susan Blumenthal, wife of Sen. Ed Markey, Massachusetts Democrat, and billionaire Jacqueline Mars, heiress of the Mars candy company and the company’s major sponsor.

If the oysters didn’t lift the spirits, the bowls of M & Ms at every table did.



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