Born in St. Charles, Illinois, Molly Clementz is a mezzo-soprano who studies with Dr. Linda Di Fiore and will be receiving her MM/DMA Degree in the spring of 2019 at the University of California, Santa Barbara. This summer she made her debut with Pacific Opera Project in the LA Times’ acclaimed La Gazzetta as Doralice. Opera Today stated that “Ms. Clementz has a wonderfully rich tone, gleaming top notes, and a vibrant lower register,” and Schmopra described her as a “mezzo to be reckoned with.” 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, 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, 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 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.
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