Molly Mahoney Voice Faculty
Mezzo-soprano Molly Mahoney is a stylistically diverse performer who sings opera, musical theater, and jazz with equal aplomb. Upcoming performances include Clizia in West Edge Opera’s production of The Chastity Tree and a return to Society Cabaret in San Francisco’s Union Square.
In the 2015-16 season, Molly made her role debut as Beggar Woman in Sweeney Todd with Townsend Opera and Fresno Grand Opera. 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. 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. 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.
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.
Molly is passionate about teaching voice. Over the past 10 years, she has 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, the time together serves as a therapeutic approach to singing. Molly’s diverse performing experience allows the student to work on a wide range of repertoire. Time together can also be personalized to add other components such as sight-singing, music history, basic piano, performance readiness, and audition preparation, to become a well-rounded musician. Molly holds a Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.