Molly Clementz has been praised for her strong singing and acting skills, further described as a “mezzo to be reckoned with” (Schmopra). 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. Pairing her petite figure, zwischen register, and surprisingly powerful voice, Molly excels in versatility and presenting youthful characters. To that end, she performed the title role in the University of North Texas’ 2013 production of Massenet’s Cendrillon with great aplomb. This summer she made her debut with Pacific Opera Project in the LA Times’ acclaimed La Gazzetta as Doralice.
In addition to the classical repertoire, Molly enjoys contemporary music and has received acclaim for the ease at which she learns it. 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, she performed the lead role of Viola. 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 College of Creative Studies Musical TV Project, in which an entirely new production was written and produce for her. This project culminated in a live performance and recording for television.
Currently, Molly 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. Her doctoral work and dissertation focus on the gendering of pants roles in opera. She received degrees in both Vocal Performance and English Composition at Luther College. In addition to her Mosher Artist training with Opera Santa Barbara, Molly has trained abroad in Germany, Italy, and Austria. In 2014 she was a Finalist in the American Institute of Musical Studies’ Meistersinger Competition in Graz, Austria.