Meet Henry Mollicone
Renowned American composer Henry Mollicone's musical journey has taken him from musical theater – where he worked with Leonard Bernstein and Sheldon Harnick, among others – to film and television work alongside actors Jean Stapleton, David Ogden Stiers, Angela Lansbury, and Charles Nelson Reilly, all the way to the New York City Opera with conductor Julius Rudel and legendary singers Beverly Sills and Jose Carreras.
Henry Mollicone's published works run the gamut from classical pieces and church music to musical theater, jazz tunes and much more! His one-act opera, THE FACE ON THE BARROOM FLOOR, is considered an American classic and has been produced every summer at Central City Opera since it's debut in 1978.
Praise for Henry Mollicone:
"The audience is gripped ... It is a very skillful score."
The Face on the Barroom Floor ~ Andrew Porter, THE NEW YORKER
"...One of the most distinctive American opera composers."
THE WASHINGTON POST, January, 1998
"And not since he wrote lyrics to Jerry Bock’s music for such beloved Broadway shows as “She Loves Me” and “Fiddler on the Roof” has Harnick collaborated with the composer of such freshness and substance. Mollicone’s score for “Coyote Tales” runs the gamut of sonic delights, basking in American folk idiom and affectionate references to Strauss, Britten, Copland and Bernstein.
But Mollicone is no pastiche artist. In “Coyote Tales”, he lets loose streams of lyrical lines that caress the ears and draw the listener directly into the characters’ expressive worlds."
THE PLANE DEALER, reviewed by Donald Rosenberg
"Mr. Mollicone writes music that crisscrosses the line between opera and musical theater…"Hotel Eden" ...has both opulently operatic ensembles and fractured vaudeville numbers. Mr. Mollicone's music seems to draw from Ravel's moralisms, Weill's pungencies and Sondheim's melancholia, with some razzmatazz mixed in…There are some fetching tunes in the work."
THE NEW YORK TIMES, reviewed by Anthony Tommasini
Much more information about this unique American composer can be found on his website, HenryMollicone.com.