Cast Bio: Molly Mustonen

Molly-Mustonen-headshot-300Finnish-American soprano Molly Mustonen has been hailed by The New York Times for her “powerful sound and striking stage presence,” as she continues to garner critical acclaim throughout the United States and Europe for her ‘strong singing and acting’ (Huffington Post) and versatility across musical theater and opera.

“A fine singing actress” (New York Concert Review) critics and sold out audiences praise Molly’s musical theater engagements. During her most recent premiere as Julie Jordan in the classic Broadway musical Carousel, Molly is described as being “perfect for her role” (Desert News).  In her debut as Guest Artist with the Utah Festival Opera, Molly received rave reviews in the lead role of Nellie Forbush in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s classic, South Pacific. New York City critics and packed houses were also enthralled by Molly’s “luminous and lovely” (The New York Times) portrayal of Rosa Bella in the smash hit production and extended run of Frank Loesser’s The Most Happy Fella.

An avid performer of contemporary opera, Ms. Mustonen has collaborated with some the world’s leading modern composers, most recently singing the role of Elizabeth in the World Premiere reading of Thomas Pasatieri’s God Bless Us Everyone.

For Molly’s classical repertoire, critics exclaimed her portrayal of Zerlina in Don Giovanni at Utah Festival Opera was “extraordinary” (Salt Lake City Tribune) and “utterly adorable” (The Utah Herald Journal) and The New York Times described Molly as “pretty, sonorous and sympathetic” as Carmela in Menotti’s The Saint of Becker Street. Additional operatic roles include Mimi in La Bohème and Cio-Cio San in Madame Butterfly with the National Lyric Opera, Nedda in I Pagliacci, Musetta in La Bohème, Frasquita in Carmen with Opera of the Hamptons, Beauty in Gianinni’s Beauty and the Beast, Elvira in L’Italiana in Agleri, The Wife in Wargo’s The Music Shop, Madame Silverpiel in The Impresario, Romilda in Handel’s Serse, as well as multiple performances as Martha Sheldon in the award winning production of Robert Ward’s The Crucible at the Mezzo Television Opera Festival in Szeged, Hungary.