SFOpera - Robert Mollicone

Robert Mollicone

Pianist and conductor Robert Mollicone is a member of the San Francisco Opera music staff, where he serves as coach, prompter, and assistant conductor; he is also a frequent guest at such companies as Seattle Opera, Utah Opera, The Dallas Opera, and Opera San Jose. 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. These nearly 40 productions since 2010 span the breadth of the operatic repertoire, including Ariadne auf Naxos, Turandot, La Cenerentola, Les Troyens, La Finta Giardiniera, and Show Boat

A commitment to the propagation of American opera led Mollicone to work on the 25th anniversary production of Nixon in China as well as Moby-Dick, Dolores Claiborne, and The Secret Garden. He also conducted performances of Weiser's Where Angels Fear to Tread at Opera San Jose, and participated in the workshop for Marco Tutino’s Two Women. Mollicone served as head coach/accompanist for the premiere of Jake Heggie and Terrence McNally's Great Scott at The Dallas Opera. 

Equally at home on the concert stage, Mollicone collaborates frequently with both rising stars and veteran singers including Denyce Graves, Theo Lebow, Elisabeth Bishop, Andrea Carroll, Simon Estes, Nicholas Phan, and Jamie Barton. He makes his Carnegie Hall debut alongside soprano Melody Moore in May 2016.

Recently, Mollicone 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 201516 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.