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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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37 news items

San Jose Mercury News
Fri, 05 Sep 2014 18:18:45 -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 ...
Sat, 06 Sep 2014 14:33:45 -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, ...
Modesto Bee
Wed, 17 Jun 2015 16:35:39 -0700

Her other stage credits include Marie in “Daughter of the Regiment,” Gilda in “Rigoletto,” Mabel in “Pirates of Penzance” and the title role in Henry Mollicone's “Starbird.” The Modesto native now living in San Jose also served as soprano soloist in ...
San Jose Mercury News
Wed, 11 Feb 2015 18:07:26 -0800

"Romance without Borders" will roam from France to Britain, from Russia to South America, before coming home to the States with a little Gershwin plus a piece by local composer Henry Mollicone. The featured guest artist is Alfredo Rolando Ortiz, who ...

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.
Washington Post
Fri, 24 Oct 2014 07:12:28 -0700

He's collaborating on a short opera about Lady Bird Johnson with composer Henry Mollicone. On Nov. 12, he'll accept Arena's American Artist Award for his body of work. Solomon notes that Harnick's solid musical base can be heard in the easy way words ...

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