At the Metropolitan Opera’s Giulio Cesare, Speaking Truth to Power

Early Music America
By Judith Malafronte

mealy“We played through the score together and we just clicked,” says Laura Hamilton, principal associate concertmaster of New York’s Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. She was talking about a recent powwow with Baroque violinist Robert Mealy as she prepared for the Met’s spring 2013 run of Handel’s Giulio Cesare. It was to be conducted by British early music specialist Harry Bicket, and a colleague had recommended a coaching session with Mealy.

“It was great fun,” Mealy recalls. “Laura was so quick, so responsive, it was a blast.” The expressive physicality of Mealy’s music-making is well-known, and it’s easy to imagine his charismatic communication as the two played through the violin parts to Sextus’s furious aria “Svegliatevi nel core,” Caesar’s seductive “Non è si vago e bello,” Cleopatra’s tragic lament, “Se pietà di me non senti,” and the buoyant, triumphant “Da tempeste.” MORE

Published September 12, 2013
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Judith Malafronte teaches course in Yale Alumni College–Greenwich Library partnership

A new partnership between Yale Alumni College and the Greenwich Library will present a six-week course, Opera on Screen, taught by Judith Malafronte.

Malafronte, a lecturer at Yale in the School of Music, the Institute of Sacred Music, the Department of Humanities, and the Freshman Seminar Program, will use the Metropolitan Opera’s Live in HD transmissions to introduce participants to librettos and source material, the social and musical conventions of opera, dramaturgy, casting requirements, language, the rehearsal process, reception and criticism, and other relevant topics.

In addition to her Yale appointment, Malafronte has an active career as a mezzo-soprano soloist, and writes for a wide range of print and online outlets, including Opera News, Early Music America Magazine, The Classical Review, and Parterre Box.

The series is completely subscribed, with a full waiting list, but the director of Yale Alumni College, Marv Berenblum ’56, hopes to continue the course in the spring semester.

Published August 28, 2013
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