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Henry Mollicone (born 1946) is an American composer and musical instructor. He currently resides in Saratoga, California.


Mollicone is known for his one-act operas, including Emperor Norton, Starbird, and The Mask of Evil. One of his most popular works is the one-act chamber opera The Face on the Barroom Floor. Originally commissioned in 1978 for the Central City Opera of Central City, Colorado, The Face on the Barroom Floor was inspired by the painting of the same title on the floor of the Teller House Bar in Central City.[1] Mollicone has also written three full-length operas: Coyote Tales, Hotel Eden, and Gabriel's Daughter. He has written works for both television and film including The Premonition (1976). In addition, he has written pieces for voice, ballet, chorus and other various chamber combinations.

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As a former faculty member of the Santa Clara University Department of Music, Henry Mollicone also acts as an instructor, adjudicator and collaborator. His greatest musical influences have been Puccini, Verdi, Britten, Bernstein, and Michael Isaacson.


  1. ^ Dalheim, Eric L. (c. 1983). "Henry Mollicone. The Face on the Barroom Floor. (record review)". American Music (University of Illinois Press). JSTOR 3051810. 

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San Jose Mercury News
Wed, 13 May 2015 17:56:15 -0700

Henry Mollicone just couldn't stay away. After resigning from the Winchester Orchestra last year, the composer and pianist will be joining his successor, new maestro Michael DiGiacinto, on stage in the South Bay for a pair of concerts May 16-17. It'll ...
San Jose Mercury News
Fri, 05 Sep 2014 18:29:14 -0700

After more than a quarter-century as music director of the Winchester Orchestra, composer and conductor Henry Mollicone has put down his baton. Fortunately for the orchestra's fans, Michael DiGiacinto is right there to pick it up. The San Jose-based ...

The Valley Catholic Online

The Valley Catholic Online
Wed, 13 May 2015 11:11:15 -0700

SJSC has collaborated with Father Jon Pedigo and with local composer Henry Mollicone, and has performed the world premieres of Mollicone's Beatitude Mass, composed to raise money for organizations that assist the poor and homeless, and his Misa de ...

The Independent

The Independent
Thu, 14 May 2015 05:19:19 -0700

In addition, we will highlight works by San Francisco Bay Area composers Henry Mollicone, David Conte, and Lothar Bandermann.” Tickets for the Bon Voyage Concerts may purchased through the Missin Peak Chamber Singers' website www.
Sat, 06 Sep 2014 14:39:13 -0700

... by Lynne Hayden-Findlay and Leonarda Priore, the Chelsea Opera has announced its 2014-15 season. Featured in the schedule is a pair of one-act operas by American composer Henry Mollicone, The Face on the Barroom Floor and Emperor Norton.
San Jose Mercury News
Tue, 24 Sep 2013 12:02:05 -0700

In 1978, composer Henry Mollicone was 32 and living in Los Angeles, playing piano in a gin mill at night, struggling to get work as a film scorer during the day. He wasn't having much success. Then someone asked him to write a one-act opera about the ...

New York Classical Review

New York Classical Review
Sat, 08 Nov 2014 10:33:45 -0800

In St. Peter's Church on West 20th street, the company produced a double-bill of two one act operas from composer Henry Mollicone, The Face on the Barroom Floor and Emperor Norton. Mollicone, who was on hand to conduct the music from the piano, ...
Wicked Local Sudbury
Thu, 12 Feb 2015 12:10:52 -0800

SUDBURY - Memorial Congregational Church (MCC) and First Parish of Sudbury (FPS) invite singers from the community to join in performing choral works by Henry Mollicone and Maurice Duruflé for two performances in April and May. Page 2 of 4 - In honor ...

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