"...One of the most distinctive American opera composers."
                                                                  --The Washington Post, January 1998

To access information on each of the operas mentioned below, please click on the name of the opera.

A graduate of the New England Conservatory, Henry Mollicone has studied composition with Donald Martino, Ron Nelson, Daniel Pinkham, Gunther Schuller, and Seymour Schifrin. He is currently a professor at Notre Dame de Namur University in Belmont, CA, and at West Valley College in Saratoga, CA.

His one-act operas, Emperor Norton, Starbird, The Face on the Barroom Floor, and The Mask of Evil, commissioned by the Central City Opera, Houston Grand Opera, San Francisco Opera, and The Minnesota Opera, have been performed extensively. The Face on the Barroom Floor, a recipient of the American Composers' Recording Award, is one of America 's most oft-performed contemporary operas, and has also been produced in Europe. His full-length opera Coyote Tales (libretto by Sheldon Harnick), commissioned by the Lyric Opera of Kansas City, was premiered there in March, 1998, and is available on CD (Newport Classic). His full-length opera Hotel Eden was premiered at Opera San Jose in 1989, and has since been produced in New York and Baltimore.

Mr. Mollicone has been a Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow since 1997, and has served on panels for The National Endowment for the Arts. He is associate director of the Ernest Bloch Music Festival in Oregon, and director of its composers' symposium. His opera Gabriel's Daughter (libretto by William Luce) was premiered in July 2003 at the Central City Opera.

Mr. Mollicone has written works for orchestra, voice, chorus, ballet, and solo voice, as well as music for film, television, and theater, including the Guthrie Theater ( Minneapolis ). He has worked with several distinguished actors as a conductor, composer, and pianist, including Jean Stapleton, David Ogden Stiers, Tovah Feldshuh, Charles Nelson Reilly, and Angela Lansbury. Orchestral works include Celestial Dance (commissioned by the Long Beach Symphony), Inner Light, the overture Kathy's White Knight, A Rat's Tale: The Pied Piper Revisited, in collaboration with the playwright, William Luce, premiered by Charles Nelson Reilly, In Time of War; Prayers and Meditations, and Dansa Trimbula. His works have been performed by many distinguished artists, including JoAnn Falletta, Frederica Von Stade, Amy Burton, Music from Copland House Players, Erie Mills, Maria Spacagna, D'Anna Fortunato and Marnie Breckenridge.

Charles Neslon Reilly, William Luce, Henry Mollicone

Charles Nelson Reilly, William Luce,
Henry Mollicone & friend




Mr. Mollicone has guest-conducted at several American opera companies including those in Baltimore, Portland, Augusta, Lake George, Central City. and Cleveland. In 1976, Mr. Mollicone was a musical assistant to Leonard Bernstein for the show 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, and from 1971 to 1976 was an assistant conductor at the New York City Opera. He is music director of the Winchester Orchestra.

In the 2005-2006 season, Mr. Mollicone’s Coyote Tales: A Tone Poem was premiered by the Saznta Cruz Symphony, while three new choral works were premiered by San Francisco Choral Artists, directed by Magen Solomon (Mr. Mollicone was composer-in-residence for 2006); The San Jose Chamber Symphony presented an all-Mollicone program, and Beatitude Mass, a work written to raise funds for organizations for the needy, was premiered by Carolina Voices and The San Jose Symphonic Choir, and has several upcoming performances scheduled. A recording of the work is available at cdbaby@cdbaby.com . In 2007, Flowers of the Soul, a work for soprano trio and piano, was premiered at YADDO in Saratoga Springs, New York, with soprano Amy Burton as soloist. Misteria, an extended work for solo piano, will be premiered in April by pianist Daniel Glover at Notre Dame de Namur University in Belmont, CA.

HONORS AND GRANTS (partial list)
Arts Council of Santa Clara
Meet the Composer
Opera America
National Institute of Music Theater
The National Endowment for the Arts
The Presser Foundation
Brown University Leps Foundation
National Organ Historical Society Award
Composer in Residence, Pittsburgh Opera at Duquesne University
Panelist for National Endowment for the Arts, Opera-Music Theater Program
Visiting composer, various universities and colleges.

COMMISSIONS (partial list)
San Francisco Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Minnesota Opera, Central City Opera, The Air Force Band of Flight, The Long Beach Symphony, The Lyric Opera of Kansas City, The San Jose Chamber Orchestra

Compositions published by ECS Publishing and Warner Bros. Publications
A more detailed curriculum vitae is available upon request.


Diane Thueson Reich has written a dissertation on A SURVEY OF THE SOPRANO VOCAL LITERATURE BY HENRY MOLLICONE. Read it in PDF format.