New Haven

Yale Alumni College: Opera in Cinema

Judith Malafronte, Lecturer in Music

Spring, 2016


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 (with current 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