Obituary: American composer and educator Henry Mollicone has died aged 76

On May 12, 2022, American composer and pedagogue Henry Mollicone died after a long illness.

A graduate of the New England Conservatory, Mollicone was offered a job as assistant conductor at the New York City Opera, and in 1975 became Leonard Bernstein’s musical assistant for the musical “1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.”

After moving to Los Angeles, Mollicone composed the one-act opera “The Face on the Barroom Floor” for the Central City Opera, where it received numerous productions in the United States, the Netherlands, Germany and the United States. Edinburgh Festival. Other one-act operas composed during this time include “Starbird”, “Emperor Norton”, and “The Mask of Evil”.

His long operas include ‘Coyote Tales’, ‘Hotel Eden’ and ‘Gabriel’s Daughter’, in addition to numerous works for film, television and ballet. He has held positions at Los Angeles Community College, Santa Clara University, Gavilan College, and Notre Dame de Namur University.

He was the founder and musical director of the Winchester Orchestra of San Jose, musical director of the South Valley Symphony, associate director of the Ernest Bloch Music Festival and director of their composers’ symposium.

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