Robert Mollicone shares conducting duties for OSJ’s West Coast premiere of Kevin Puts and Mark Campbell’s Silent Night. Mr. Mollicone is a member of the San Francisco Opera music staff, where he serves as coach, prompter, and assistant conductor. He has also worked at such companies as Seattle Opera, Utah Opera, The Dallas Opera, and has been a pianist/coach for OSJ in recent seasons. He has prepared productions with and assisted many of today’s leading conductors, including Jesús López-Cobos, Stephen Lord, Donald Runnicles, Patrick Summers, and Nicola Luisotti.
A commitment to the propagation of American opera, Mr. Mollicone has prepared such productions as John Adam’s Nixon in China, Jake Heggie’s Moby-Dick, Tobias Picker’s Dolores Claiborne, and Nolan Gasser’s The Secret Garden. He also conducted performances of Mark Weiser’s Where Angels Fear to Tread at OSJ, and participated in the workshop for Marco Tutino’s Two Women. He also served as head coach/accompanist for the premiere of Jake Heggie and Terrence McNally’s Great Scott at The Dallas Opera.
On the concert stage, Mr. Mollicone frequently works with both rising stars and veteran singers including Denyce Graves, Theo Lebow, Elisabeth Bishop, Andrea Carroll, Simon Estes, Nicholas Phan, and Jamie Barton. He made his Carnegie Hall debut alongside soprano Melody Moore in May 2016.
Recently, he was invited to conduct a program of opera scenes at Wolf Trap Opera in the summer of 2015. He later debuted, whilst preparing Luisa Miller for the opening of San Francisco Opera’s 2015–16 season, as co-composer for trixxie carr’s one-woman show, Salome, Dance for Me.
He is a graduate of San Francisco Opera’s Adler Fellowship, as well as of the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program at Washington National Opera. He holds a M. Mus. from Boston University, where he studied with Shiela Kibbe.