"sheer beauty and eloquence"

Joshua Kosman, San Francisco Chronicle

ABOUT

Molly Mahoney’s sublime singing, memorable humor, and heartfelt portrayals seen in a variety of repertoire have charmed audiences and critics alike. A stylistically diverse performer, she sings opera, musical theater, and jazz with equal aplomb.

A favorite of San Francisco Bay Area audiences, Molly’s 2016-17 season includes performances as Lady Angela in Patience with Lamplighters Music Theatre, Angelina in Cinderella with San Francisco Opera Guild Outreach, performances for West Edge Opera’s new works series, Snapshot, and as Clizia in West Edge Opera’s production of The Chastity Tree by Vicente Martín y Soler. She also returns to Society Cabaret in San Francisco’s Union Square after the success of her one woman show, Mischief! which debuted there the previous year.

In the 2015-16 season, Molly made her role debut as Beggar Woman in Sweeney Todd with Townsend Opera and Fresno Grand Opera after her introduction to the company as a soloist in Opera Remix: Music and Verse. She returned to Livermore Valley Opera, singing the role of Zulma in L’Italiana in Algeri, and performed Renu in Jack Perla’s River of Light with Festival Opera. The season also saw Molly’s return to Ars Minerva, portraying Cillene in the modern world premiere of Pallavicino’s opera Le Amazzoni nelle Isole Fortunate. Of that performance, the San Francisco Classical Voice claimed, “Molly Mahoney was very funny as madwoman Cillene and her strong, ice-tone voice served her well.” The mezzo made her company debut the previous year in another modern world premiere as Arsinoë in La Cleopatra by Castrovillari.

During the 2014-15 season, Molly returned for her third appearance as a soloist with the North State Symphony, reprised her portrayal of the title role in La tragédie de Carmen, returned to West Bay Opera as Siébel in Faust, and sang the role of Soprano II in Philip Glass’s Hydrogen Jukebox with West Edge Opera, where her voice was described as having “sheer beauty and eloquence” by the San Francisco Chronicle.

Previous seasons include performances as Zweite Dame in Die Zauberflöte, Gianetta in L’elisir d’amore, Zerlina in Don Giovanni, and Tolomeo in Giulio Cesare, in addition to concert performances as alto soloist for the Mozart Mass in C Minor and Handel’s Messiah.

An experienced interpreter of the operettas of Gilbert and Sullivan, Molly has portrayed the roles of Melissa in Princess Ida and Pitti-Sing in The Mikado with Lamplighters Musical Theater, in addition to the title role in Iolanthe in a recorded performance named one of the Top 12 Must Have Opera CD Releases of 2014 by Opera News. The glowing review highlighted the “simplicity and eloquence” of Molly’s performance as the beloved exiled fairy. Her musical theater credits include Adelaide in Guys and Dolls, Anne Collier in 1940s Radio Hour, Hodel in Fiddler on the Roof and Maisie in The Boyfriend.

Molly champions the Great American Songbook, singing with Big Bands since the age of ten. She has appeared in concert with Vinnie Falcone, musical director and accompanist for the late Frank Sinatra, and she has toured nationally as a jazz singer. Her soulful, honest portrayals of familiar favorites and rare gems from this musical era can be heard on her debut album, Two for the Road.

A native of Minneapolis, Molly currently resides in San Francisco. She holds a Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

EVENTS

Snapshot
Berkeley- Saturday February 24
San Francisco – Sunday February 25
SEE SOMETHING NEW!

Mata Hari
West Edge Opera
Summer Festival 2018
Details TBA

LISTEN

Am I in your light

by John Adams (Dr. Atomic) | with Robert Mollicone, Piano

Parto ma tu ben mio

by W.A. Mozart (La clemenza di Tito) | with Robert Mollicone, Piano

The Rainbow Connection

by Paul Williams & Kenneth Ascher | with Grant Levin, Piano

Seguidilla
La tragédie de Carmen
Molly Mahoney, mezzo-soprano – Carmen
Jacob Thompson, tenor – Don Jose
February 15, 2015
ZBelow, San Francisco, CA

Lo fiolairé from Chants D’Auvergne
by Joseph Canteloube
North State Symphony
conductor: Kyle Wiley Pickett
Laxson Auditorium, Chico, CA

RECORDINGS

PRESS

Voodoo Priestess in The Stranger the Better with West Edge Opera’s Snapshot, February 2017

“The other idiom is New Orleans-inspired jazz, for Mahoney’s richly sung Creole Voodoo Princess.”

San Francisco Classical Voice

Rebecca Wishnia

Cillene in Le Amazzoni with Ars Minerva, May 2016

“Mezzo Molly Mahoney was very funny as madwoman Cillene and her strong, ice-toned voice served her well."

San Francisco Classical Voice

Charlise Tiee

Siébel in Faust with West Bay Opera, May 2015

“Mahoney was an audience favorite on opening night last week.”

San Jose Mercury News

John Orr

Iolanthe in Iolanthe with Lamplighters Music Theatre, 2013

"Molly Mahoney sings Iolanthe's great Act II aria with simplicity and eloquence."

Opera News

Carol E. Davis

PHOTOS

ONSTAGE

Publicity

Backstage

FIND YOUR VOICE

Voice Lessons

Have you always wanted to give voice lessons a try? Would you like to find a solid connection to your breath and to your body? Looking for a creative outlet?

Come learn and play!

Over the past 10 years, I have specialized in teaching adult beginning voice students by providing a safe place for creative expression. By incorporating gentle yoga practice and meditation techniques, we unlock tension in the body and voice. This becomes a conduit for inner healing and change. With this combination of body alignment, breath and song, our time together serves as a therapeutic approach to singing.

My diverse performing experience allows me to work on a wide range of repertoire — whatever kind of music you prefer. I can also personalize our time together to add other components such as sight-singing, music history, basic piano, performance readiness, and audition preparation, if you have goals outside of singing alone.

Voice Lessons

Have you always wanted to give voice lessons a try? Would you like to find a solid connection to your breath and to your body? Looking for a creative outlet?

Come learn and play!

Over the past 10 years, I have specialized in teaching adult beginning voice students by providing a safe place for creative expression. By incorporating gentle yoga practice and meditation techniques, we unlock tension in the body and voice. This becomes a conduit for inner healing and change. With this combination of body alignment, breath and song, our time together serves as a therapeutic approach to singing.

My diverse performing experience allows me to work on a wide range of repertoire — whatever kind of music you prefer. I can also personalize our time together to add other components such as sight-singing, music history, basic piano, performance readiness, and audition preparation, if you have goals outside of singing alone.

“Looking back on my first lesson, I was so nervous. Now, after two years of weekly lessons with you, my voice feels stronger and I am more confident! And I never dreamed I would be singing in German! The lessons are always fun and meaningful to me.”

Bianca

College student

“I was quite jealous that my daughter was having voice lessons, but then I realized that I deserve them, too! One of the most amazing things is that I feel my voice growing and changing. It’s exciting because I don’t know what the future holds. Molly has so many techniques to try and if one approach doesn’t work, we try another and that’s a big part of what makes a great teacher. Singing is very therapeutic!”

Laurie

Computer programmer, Biotech industry

“Voice lessons have been way more than I expected. I had no idea I could sing high. I thought my chest voice was it. I was used to straining to get a sound out of my throat but it’s so much easier to let the air flow through. It feels so much freer and I am enjoying singing more! I have much more of a range than I thought I did.”

Lynette

Psychologist in Private Practice

“After a handful of lessons with Molly, I’m pleased that I have more confidence and more awareness of my voice. I even sang in front of my brother last week, which I never would have done before!”

Julia

College student

CONTACT

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