From: Providence, Rhode Island. LA Opera: Moses (2019, 2023).
Henry Mollicone (1946-2022) was a composer, conductor and educator. He was best known for his popular opera The Face on the Barroom Floor and for his philanthropic compositions that raised funds in the hundreds of thousands for the homeless.
He graduated from New England Conservatory with an M.M. and soon after was engaged as an assistant conductor with the New York City Opera and as assistant dance orchestrator to Leonard Bernstein for the Broadway musical 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. He composed music for film and television, conducted numerous operas and musicals (including as music director of the San Jose Civic Light Opera) and orchestras (including Silicon Valley Symphony and his own Winchester Orchestra).
He composed several operas and numerous choral works, solo and instrumental works, piano pieces and songs. He taught at Santa Clara University as composer-in-residence and conducted the university orchestra.