Yale Alumni College Fall 2015 - Rye, NY

Shakespeare and Verdi: Three Masterpieces

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

Mondays, October 5 – November 9, 7:00 - 8:30 pm (no class October 12)

Location: The Osborn, 101 Theall Road, Rye, NY 10580

Course Description:

An introduction to Giuseppe Verdi’s three Shakespearean operas, Macbeth, Otello, and Falstaff, with examination of the source plays and their transformation into librettos. We will consider conventions of dramaturgy and operatic style, the composer-librettist relationship, and the transformation of characters from one medium to another.


"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.