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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) 1: 110–111. doi:10.2307/3051810. JSTOR 3051810. 

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Northwestern University NewsCenter

Northwestern University NewsCenter
Tue, 03 Nov 2015 07:23:45 -0800

Henry Mollicone's “The Face on the Barroom Floor” tells two parallel stories of love and jealousy, set in the present day and the Old West. Barber's “A Hand of Bridge” reveals the hidden dreams and desires of two couples playing the eponymous card game.
San Jose Mercury News
Wed, 04 Nov 2015 18:11:23 -0800

Soloists Henry Mollicone (piano), Anthony Quartuccio (accordion), Dan Levitan (harp) SJCO concertmaster Cynthia Baehr (violin), and SJCO principal cellist Michelle Kwon bring this travel to life with "musical postcards." Works by contempory composers ...

High-Def Digest

High-Def Digest
Wed, 18 Nov 2015 08:07:30 -0800

... Brand new interview with actor John Goff; Audio commentary with director-producer Robert Allen Schnitzer; Brand new interview with composer Henry Mollicone; Interview with actor Richard Lynch; Three Robert Allen Schnitzer short films: Vernal ...
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.
Northwestern University NewsCenter
Mon, 26 Oct 2015 09:18:45 -0700

Directed by Michael M. Ehrman, the fall opera production focuses on three different views of love and marriage in America, from the Wild West to 1950s suburbia. Henry Mollicone's “The Face on the Barroom Floor” tells two parallel stories of love and ...
Mid Columbia Tri City Herald
Thu, 08 Oct 2015 14:23:46 -0700

The choir will perform with a chamber orchestra, and the piece will feature soprano Mitzi Lundberg and narrator Nikki Torres. Henry Mollicone, the composer, also will be on hand. The performances mark the Northwest debut of the piece. Raffa said he ...

American Theatre

American Theatre
Mon, 26 Oct 2015 14:04:24 -0700

He's also working on the libretto for Lady Bird, a short opera about LBJ's First Lady, with composer Henry Mollicone, on commission from Texas State University. What's he looking forward to this month? The new Broadway musical Allegiance, and here's ...

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