Gianni Schicchi and Suor Angelica by Giacomo Puccini | Spring 2022

Stetson Opera Theatre


Stetson Opera Theatre is a vital component of the vocal and orchestra programs at Stetson University School of Music. Through the creative effort and mentorship of the opera director, voice faculty, coaches and accompanists, it provides 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. Productions are double-cast and understudies assigned as appropriate, giving the students many opportunities to perform and develop.

Upcoming Productions 

Dido and Aeneas by Henry Purcell

With Stetson Chamber Orchestra
Dashiell Waterbury, director
Anthony Hose, conductor

Friday, November 4, 2022, 7:30 p.m. | Lee Chapel, Elizabeth Hall
Saturday, November 5, 2022, 7:30 p.m. | Lee Chapel, Elizabeth Hall

The Cunning Little Vixen by Leoš Janáček 

With Stetson Symphony Orchestra
Dashiell Waterbury, director
Anthony Hose, conductor

Friday, March 10, 2023, 7:30 p.m. | DeLand High School, 800 N. Hill Ave., DeLand
Sunday, March 12, 2023, 3:00 p.m. | DeLand High School, 800 N. Hill Ave., DeLand

Please go to the Concerts page for ticket and up-to-date performance information.

For additional information on these productions, please contact Dashiell Waterbury

Production and Repertoire

Stetson Opera Theatre presents two or three productions each year. The fall production - a workshop-style chamber production - is presented as a scenes program performed with piano or a baroque or chamber opera performed with the University Chamber Orchestra. The fall production is typically performed in a smaller venue, such as the historic Lee Chapel on Stetson University's DeLand campus or the Athens Theatre in downtown DeLand. 

The spring production is a full production with sets and costumes with the University Symphony Orchestra. Works from the core opera repertoire are chosen and presented in the original language where appropriate. Spring productions are generally presented in the DeLand High School Theater.

The Stetson Opera Theatre productions provide an opportunity not only for performance but also to acquire experience in setting up a stage, stage management, scenic design, supertitles, lighting, sound systems, front-of-house management, makeup and costume. Some operas may need assisting scene direction and offstage conducting.

For fall 2022, we excitingly welcome a new Opera director, Dashiell Waterbury, and look forward enthusiastically to the creative ideas he will bring to our students.


All roles are cast by audition. Transfer students are encouraged to audition upon arrival in the fall semester. For those wishing to receive a role in the spring production, you must first be enrolled in the Opera Theatre in the fall.

First-year students, because of the time commitment involved with Opera Theatre, you are discouraged from enrolling for the course in the fall. You may audition for the experience and participate in the spring production; however, permission must be obtained from both the Dean and the Associate Dean of the School of Music.