Stetson Opera Theatre


Stetson Opera Theatre is a vital component of the vocal program at the Stetson University School of Music. Through the creative effort and mentorship of the opera director, voice faculty, conductor, coaches and accompanists, we provide a nurturing environment for the aspiring singing actor. In addition to world-class vocal training from some of the finest teachers in the industry, students enrolled in Stetson Opera Theatre receive comprehensive role preparation in the areas of musical coaching, diction, deportment, movement, character development and analysis. Full productions are double-cast and an understudy is assigned to each role, as appropriate, to give as many students an opportunity to perform as possible.

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Upcoming Productions

A Night of a Thousand Stars!

A Musical banquet spanning three centuries and twenty-two blocks on Broadway! The best of opera and musical theater come together for a not-to-be-missed event! The very best of Puccini, Verdi, Rossini, Jason Robert Brown, Alan Menken and Lin-Manuel Miranda are featured in this extravaganza of music, singing, light, and gourmet dining!

Saturday, October 22, 2016 

6:00 p.m. Reception and hors d'oeuvres | Presser Hall courtyard
7:00 p.m. Dinner and concert | Tinsley Rehearsal Hall, Presser Hall

Menu for October 22 Dinner

  • Shrimp Cocktail served with Shrimp Louie Sauce and Lemon wedge
  • Choice of one, served with fingerling potatoes and grilled asparagus:
  • 4oz petit filet of beef cooked to a perfect medium accompanied by lump crab served with a Béarnaise sauce
  • Grilled salmon with a caper dill sauce and lemon wedge
  • Seasonal vegetable stir fry with wild rice served with lentils and mushroom sauce
  • Double chocolate mousse cake with raspberry coulis and fresh whipped cream


Tickets $70 - online here


Sunday, October 23, 2016

3:00 p.m. Concert only | Tinsley Rehearsal Hall, Presser Hall


Albert Herring by Benjamin Britten

February 24, 2017 | 7:30pm | DeLand High School Auditorium
February 26, 2017 | 3:00pm | DeLand High School Auditorium

Stetson Opera Theatre and Orchestra invite you to see Benjamin Britten's only true comic masterpiece brought to life. The hilarious hypocrisies of small town Victorian England come to light as Lady Billows singlehandedly protects the town's morals by nominating by nominating Albert as May King for the string festival.  However, the mischievous Sid spikes Albert's lemonade, which sends Albert off on a night of carousing and debauchery.  

In collaboration with the Stetson Symphony Orchestra.

In English with supertitles.

Contact Russell Franks at

Production and Repertoire

Stetson Opera Theatre presents two or three productions each year. The fall production - which includes minimal sets - is presented as a scenes program or chamber opera, is performed with piano, instrumental ensemble or chamber orchestra and is considered a training ground for the spring production. The fall production is typically performed in our recital hall or at a local venue.

The spring production is a full production that utilizes sets, costumes and members of the Symphony Orchestra. We choose from standard opera repertoire and the production is presented in the original language, when appropriate. Spring productions take place at the DeLand High School Theater - built in 2004.

Stetson Opera Theatre's productions rely on the many talents of our students, and they assist in various technical capacities. Students take charge of key aspects of each production, including the following: scenic design, stage management, supertitles, lighting, scene direction and conducting.

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All students who would like to be considered for a role must audition. If you're a transfer student, you're encouraged to audition when you arrive in the fall semester. If you'd like to receive a role in the spring production, you must enroll in Opera Theatre in the fall.

However, because of the time commitment involved with Opera Theatre, first-year students are discouraged from enrolling in this course. You may audition for the experience, and you may participate in the spring production, but permission must be granted by both the dean and the associate dean of the School of Music.


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