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.

Upcoming Productions

Griselda by Alessandro Scarlatti

Tuesday, November 10, 2015 
7:30 p.m. | Lee Chapel

A face that captivated a king ...and almost destroyed an empire!  

In collaboration with the Stetson Chamber Orchestra and members of Stetson University faculty.

In Italian with supertitles.

Ein Walzertraum by Oscar Straus

February 19, 2016 | 7:30pm | DeLand High School Theater Center
February 21, 2016 | 3:00pm | DeLand High School Theater Center

Journey back to Old Vienna as Niki - an Austrian Guardsman - marries heiress to throne Helene, which disrupts the genteel court life in the imaginary state of Rurislavenstein. After much heart-searching and a near disaster - when she mistakes Niki’s harmless meeting with Franzi (the leader of an Austrian girls’ orchestra) for infidelity - the Princess learns to love her hastily-chosen husband and all ends happily!

Oscar Straus’s first international success was inspired by an all-women band that played at his favorite pub! Join us for this rollicking vamp with waltzing and polka in the splendor of 19th century Vienna. Music featured in the concerts of André Rieu.

In collaboration with the Stetson Symphony Orchestra.

In German with supertitles.

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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 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: scenic design, stage management, supertitles, lighting, scene direction and conducting.


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.