UCSB graduate voice student Molly Clementz praised for role in Pacific Opera Project’s “La Gazzetta”

Molly Clementz and costar in "La Gazzetta"
UCSB graduate voice student Molly Clementz (mezzo-soprano) was recently featured as Doralice in Pacific Opera Project’s production of Gioachino Rossini’s rarely performed opera buffa, La Gazzetta (The Newspaper). The sold-out production marked only the second staging of the opera in the United States, and featured many of Southern California’s rising opera stars. Ms. Clementz’s own display of a “wonderfully rich tone, gleaming top notes, and a vibrant lower register" (Opera Today) garnered rave reviews from leading classical music and opera critics from the San Francisco Classical Voice, Schmopera, Stage and Cinema, Broadway World, and the Los Angeles Times. A “mezzo to be reckoned with" (Schmopera), Ms. Clementz has also made frequent appearances with Opera Santa Barbara as a Mosher Studio Artist.
 
Born in St. Charles, Illinois, Ms. Clementz studies with Dr. Linda Di Fiore and will be receiving her MM/DMA Degree in the spring of 2019 from the University of California, Santa Barbara. During the 2016 and 2017 seasons, Ms. Clementz 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, and La Ciesca in Gianni Schicchi. She has continued to sing roles with Opera Santa Barbara, including Rosette from Manon in 2017. In 2016, she competed with two roles in the Dominick Argento Chamber Opera Competition at the National Opera Association Convention in Santa Barbara. In the 2015 West Coast Premiere of Joel Feigin’s award-winning Twelfth Night, Ms. Clementz 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. Ms. Clementz performed the title role in the University of North Texas’ 2013 production of Massenet’s Cendrillon. She received degrees in both Vocal Performance and English Composition at Luther College. She has been a featured soloist with the Santa Ynez Valley Master Chorale and the UCSB Wind Ensemble. In 2018, she was the recipient of the CCS Musical TV Project, which culminated in a live performance and recording for television. Her doctoral work and dissertation focus on the gendering of pants roles in opera.
 
Molly Clementz and castmates in "La Gazzetta"
 
Photo 1 (left to right): Kyle Patterson (Alberto) and Molly Clementz (Doralice)
 
Photo 2 (left to right): Scott Levin (Don Pomponio), Rachel Policar (Lisetta), Kyle Patterson (Alberto), Molly Clementz (Doralice), and Armando Contreras (Fillipo)
 
Photos courtesy of Pacific Opera Project
Molly Clementz and costar in "La Gazzetta'