Born in St. Charles, Illinois, Molly Clementz is a mezzo-soprano who studies with Dr. Linda Di Fiore in the MM/DMA program at University of California, Santa Barbara. She is ecstatic to sing Rosette in Opera Santa Barbara's Manon by Massenet. During the 2016 and 2017 seasons, Molly was one of Opera Santa Barbara’s featured Mosher Studio Artists and sang the roles of Mercédès in Carmen, Lapák and Datel in Janácek's The Cunning Little Vixen, Bianca in La Rondine, The Nursing Sister in Suor Angelica, La Ciesca in Gianni Schicchi. Last year she performed two roles in the Dominick Argento Chamber Opera Competition at the National Opera Assiciation Convention in Santa Barbara. In the 2015 West Coast Premiere of Joel Feigin’s award-winning Twelfth Night, Molly performed the lead role of Viola. In 2014 she studied abroad in Austria and was a Finalist in the American Institute of Musical Studies’ Meistersinger Competition in Graz. Molly performed as the title role in the University of North Texas’ 2013 production of Massenet’s Cendrillon. Molly received a degree in English and Music at Luther College, where she played Cupid in Offenbach’s Orpheus and the Underworld. She has been a featured soloist with the Santa Ynez Valley Master Chorale and the UCSB Wind Ensemble. This year she is the recipient of the CCS Musical TV Project, which will have an April performance. Her doctoral work and dissertation focus on the gendering of pants roles in opera.
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