The opera “The Face on the Barroom Floor” is one of the most performed chamber operas in the American repertoire. Composed in 1978 by American Composer Henry Mollicone, the opera was commissioned by Central City Opera in Central City, Colorado. The work was inspired by a painting of a woman on the floor of the Teller House Bar next to the Central City Opera House.
In 2012, Maestro Mollicone was approached by Lawrence Kraman of Newport Classic Films to produce a full length documentary film about the making and performance of Mollicone’s opera. The resulting film is “The Face on the Barroom Floor: The Poem, The Opera, The Film.”
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Orchard Valley Fine Arts Foundation was asked to develop the events to raise the funding to produce the documentary. Michael Morris and Maestro Mollicone created a series of invitational recitals and concerts over a 10 month period. In addition, letters inviting patrons to support the project were sent to an extensive donors list. All funds were raised and the movie debued on September 24, 2013.
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