Yale Alumni College Fall 2015 - NH Judith Malafronte

Opera in Cinema

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

Wednesdays, October 7 – November 11, 5:30 - 7:00 pm

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

Course Description:

An introduction to opera, focusing on the Metropolitan Opera Company’s “Live in HD” transmissions of Verdi's Il Trovatore (10/3) and Otello (10/17), Wagner's Tannhäuser (10/31), and Berg's Lulu (11/21).

We will use these four operas as jumping off points in our examination of librettos and source material, as well as 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 above at a local theater. There will be relevant readings from a wide variety of sources, as well as viewing and listening homework, available on YouTube.


"Fantastic teacher--smart and engaging"


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.