National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene

Interview with Judge Guido Calabresi

A member of the Finzi-Contini family.

NYTF and NYU’s Casa Italiana are proud to bring you this interview with Judge Guido Calabresi, a member of the Finzi-Contini family.  This fascinating interview, conducted by Casa Italiana’s Director, Stefano Albertini, is presented in conjunction with NYTF’s joint production, with the New York City Opera, of The Garden of The Finzi-Continis.  In it, Calabresi describes his family history and his reaction to the various incarnations of the Finzi-Contini story: in the novel by Giorgio Bassani, the 1970 film by Vittorio De Sica, and the premiere of the new opera by Ricky Ian Gordon and Michael Korie.

Guido Calabresi is a Senior United States Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. He is a former Dean of Yale Law School, where he has been a professor and beloved teacher since 1959.  He is the son of the late cardiologist Massimo Calabresi and European literature scholar Bianca Maria Finzi-Contini Calabresi (1902–1982). Calabresi’s parents, active in the resistance against Italian fascism, eventually fled Milan for New Haven, Connecticut, immigrating to the United States in September 1939.

For more information on The Garden of The Finzi-Continis opera and to get tickets, click here

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The National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene stands in solidarity mit undzere brider un shvester in Eretz Yisroel.

We condemn this brutal attack against Jewish men, women and children as they woke up to celebrate Shabbas and the end of our holiest days.  Fifty years and one day after the Yom Kippur War and only 80 years after the Shoah we cannot understate the seriousness of this attack on Jews. 
An attack on one Jew is an attack on all.

Am Yisroel Chai

Sandra F. Cahn and Carol Levin,
NYTF Board co-Chairs

Mark Mlotek
NYTF President

Zalman Mlotek
NYTF Artistic Director 

Dominick Balletta
NYTF Executive Director