Judith Malafronte has appeared as mezzo-soprano soloist with the San Francisco Symphony, the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl, the St. Louis and Baltimore Symphonies, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Seattle Baroque Orchestra, and the Handel and Haydn Society. She has sung at the Tanglewood Festival, the Boston Early Music Festival, and the Utrecht Early Music Festival, and has been a frequent guest artist with Philharmonia Baroque, the Dave Brubeck Quartet, American Bach Soloists, and The Harp Consort. Her operatic performances have included the title role in Handel’s Serse at the Göttingen Festival, Scarlatti’s L’Aldimiro at the Berkeley Festival, Dido and Aeneas with Mark Morris Dance Group (singing both Dido and the Sorceress), and Nero in Monteverdi’s L’Incoronazione di Poppea for the Aston Magna Festival. She has also sung leading roles at the opera houses of Lyon, Liège, and Montpellier.
Malafronte has won several top awards in Italy, Spain, Belgium and the US, including the Grand Prize at the International Vocal Competition in Hertogenbosch, Holland. She holds degrees with honors from Vassar College and Stanford University, and pursued post-graduate studies at the Eastman School of Music, with Mlle. Nadia Boulanger in Paris, and with Giulietta Simionato in Milan as a Fulbright scholar.
She has recorded a wide range of repertoire, from the medieval chant of Hildegard von Bingen to the Deutsche Motette of Richard Strauss, including Handel operas, Bach cantatas and the St. Matthew Passion with American Bach Soloists, and Spanish 17th century music, including Torrejon’s La Purpura de la Rosa on Deutsche Harmonia Mundi.
Malafronte writes regularly for online and print outlets including Opera News, Early Music America Magazine, and Parterre Box. She teaches voice in the Historical Performance department at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music and was on the faculty of Yale University for fifteen years. As a vocal coach and continuo player she had given master classes in Europe and Asia, and she maintains an active private voice studio in New York City.