Due to unprecedented demand, this pilot program is now fully subscribed, and the waiting list is also full. We thank you for your interest in Opera on Screen.
Greenwich Library will partner with Yale Alumni College to offer a new lecture series this fall. The six-week course, Opera on Screen, will be taught by Yale Professor Judith Adelia Malafronte.
The series will begin on Monday, October 7 at 6 p.m. and is now fully subscribed. Sessions will take place on October 7, 21, 28 and November 4, 18, 25. (A makeup date is scheduled for December 2, should it be needed.)
The series will provide an introduction to opera, focusing on the Metropolitan Opera Company's Live in HD transmissions of Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin, Shostakovich's The Nose, Puccini's Tosca, and Verdi's Falstaff. Course participants will examine librettos and source material, and will be introduced to the social and musical conventions of opera. Professor Malafronte 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.
There will be relevant reading from a wide variety of sources, as well as viewing and listening homework, available on YouTube. Participants are encouraged to attend the Saturday afternoon broadcasts noted above, either at Yale or at a local theater (listings are available here).
Professor 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.
Opera on Screen is made possible through the support of the Greenwich Library Board of Trustees and contributions by generous donors.
This series is now completely subscribed. For registration questions, please contact Barbara Burt (203) 432-1990. For more information, please contact Wynne Delmhorst at (203) 622-7921.