New Haven

Opera in Cinema

Judith Malafronte, Lecturer, Yale School of Music, Yale Institute of Sacred Music and Department of Music

Wednesdays, March 9 – April 27, 5:30 - 7:00 pm (no class March 16, March 23, March 30) Make-up class on Tuesday, March 22, 5:30 -7:00 pm. 

Location: Rose Alumni House, 232 York Street, New Haven, CT 06511

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Course Description:

An introduction to opera, focusing on the Metropolitan Opera Company’s “Live in High-Definition” transmissions. Using these operas as the basis for exploration, course participants will examine librettos and source material, and will be introduced to the social and musical conventions of opera. We will consider dramaturgy, casting requirements and the concept of vocal Fach, language, artistic collaboration, the rehearsal process, reception and criticism, along with the historical aspects of opera production.

Participants should plan to attend the Saturday afternoon broadcasts noted below, in Sprague Hall (need Yale ID) or at a convenient theater location. Find a nearby theater using this link:

There will be relevant reading from a wide variety of sources, as well as occasional viewing and listening homework, available on YouTube.

2016 live in HD presentations:

1/16 The Pearl Fishers (we will not be covering this in class)

1/30 Turandot

3/5 Manon Lescaut

4/2 Madama Butterfly

4/16 Roberto Devereux

4/30 Elektra

Judith Malafronte is a Lecturer in the Yale School of Music, Yale Institute of Sacred Music and in the Department of Music, has an active career as a mezzo-soprano soloist in opera, oratorio, and recital. She has appeared with the San Francisco Symphony, the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl, the St. Louis Symphony, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Handel and Haydn Society, and Mark Morris Dance Group, and has sung at the Tanglewood Festival, the Boston Early Music Festival, the Utrecht Early Music Festival, and the Göttingen Handel Festival. Winner of several top international vocal competitions, Malafronte holds degrees with honors from Vassar College and Stanford University, and studied at the Eastman School of Music, in Paris and Fontainebleau with Nadia Boulanger, and with Giulietta Simionato in Milan as a Fulbright scholar. Malafronte has recorded for major labels in a broad range of repertoire, from medieval chant to contemporary music, and she writes regularly for Opera News, Stagebill, Early Music America Magazine, The Classical Review and Parterre Box.

B.A. Vassar College; M.A. Stanford University.


Drawing the Human Figure

Lisa Hess Hesselgrave, ’85 MFA, Yale School of Art

Thursdays, March 10 – April 21, 3:00 - 5:00 pm (no class March 24)

Location: Creative Arts Workshop,80 Audubon Street, New Haven, CT 06510

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Course Description:

Observing a live model, we’ll explore issues of form, structure, proportion, volume, movement,composition, and the expressive possibilities of materials. Working from the premise that gesture drawing is at the root of solid figure drawing, students will work quickly to capture the essential forms and axes of the figure. Longer poses will allow more descriptive development.
This class is for students who are interested in trying figure drawing for the first time, as well as for those who would like to improve their skills. The instructor will present drawing exercises, provide demonstrations, and work with students individually. Using charcoal, pencil, and various other media, students will be encouraged to strengthen their perceptual judgement of the figure and environment while developing personal expression.
Through books and reproductions, we’ll look at figure drawings throughout history. Group critiques will be ongoing. This is a studio course. Homework or reading outside of class will be optional.

A list of recommended materials will be provided upon registration.


Lisa Hess Hesselgrave’s paintings of figures in interiors and landscapes are
recognized for precise color, personal content and evocative compositions. She works in many media including oil, watercolor, pastel and collage. Judy Birke wrote of Hesselgrave’s work, “Her domesticinteriors tap into a deep well of emotion where nothing is obvious.” Hesselgrave’s work has been included in exhibitions throughout the northeast, including Tatistcheff and Co. and the National Academy of Design in New York City, the John Slade Ely House, in New Haven, and the Cape Cod Museum of Art. Her work is included in private collections throughout the US and abroad. She has taught drawing, painting, and color theory since 1985. Hesselgrave received her MFA from the Yale University School of Art, and her BFA from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. She has been awarded residencies at the Millay Colony for the Arts in 2002 and 1992, the Vermont Studio Center, 2014, and at the Seaside Institute, Seaside, Florida in 1996. She is an adjunct professor at Gateway Community College in New Haven.