Nicolette Molnár was educated at Barnard College, Columbia University, NYC before
studying directing under Götz Friedrich at the Hochschüle für Musik und darstellende
Kunst, in Hamburg, Germany. She was a Staff Director with English National Opera from
1987 until 1994 and regularly directed the Apprentice Artist Scenes at the Santa Fe Opera
from 1996 until 2005. In January 2006, she was appointed the position of the Andrew F.
Mellon Arts and Knowledge Fellow for the winter term at the University of Michigan in Ann
From September 2015 through May 2016, Nicolette was a member of the teaching staff at the RCS and directed their production of Così fan Tutte as well as two of their Opera Scenes Programmes. In past years at the RCS she also directed Nicolai’s Die Lustigen Weiber von Windsor and Dialogues des Carmélites.
She has directed for international opera companies including English National Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Atlanta Opera, Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Portland Opera, Utah Opera, Opera Ontario-Canada, Castleward Opera in Belfast, Co-Opera/Opera Ireland, Dublin Grand Opera/Opera Ireland, Eduard von Winterstein Theater in Annaberg Buchholz-Germany, Lake George Opera Festival, Orlando Opera, Stadttheater Luzern-Switzerland, Wexford Festival Opera, Warsaw Autumn Festival, Wolf Trap Opera and Caledonian Opera.
She has also directed for the Seattle Opera Young Artist Program, the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, the Royal College/Royal Academy of Music in London, De Nieuwe Opera Akademie in den Haag, as well as the National Opera Studio Showcase.
Her productions include Balfe’s The Rose of Castile, Fidelio, Carmen, I Capuleti e i Montecchi, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Turn of the Screw, Michael Daugherty’s Jackie O, Lakmé, L’Elisir d’Amore, Maria Stuarda, Michael Finnissey’s Vaudeville, Roméo et Juliette, the world premieres of The Dreamy Kid and De Organizer by James P. Johnson, Così fan Tutte, Don Giovanni, Die Entfürung aus dem Serail, Madama Butterfly, Tosca, Turandot, Cenerentola, J. Strauss’ Eine Nacht in Venedig, Ariadne auf Naxos, Eugene Onegin, Der Fliegende Holländer and Kurt Weill’s Street Scene.