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 

Giulio Cesare in Egitto by George Frideric Handel

In collaboration with the Stetson Chamber Orchestra
Full production in Italian with English supertitles

Friday, November 2, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. | Athens Theatre
Sunday, November 3, 2019 at 3:00 p.m. | Athens Theatre

Style, beauty, and power come together for one of Handel's most popular operas. A triumph in his day, Handel unfolds before us a story of love, sex, and dramatic intrigue through a soaring, expressive score.

Die Zauberflöte by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

In collaboration with Stetson University Symphony Orchestra
Full production in German with English supertitles

Friday, March 13, 2020 at 7:30 p.m. | DeLand High School Theater
Sunday, March 15. 2020 at 3:00 p.m. | DeLand High School Theater

Join us for the mystery, the wonder, and the amazement that is The Magic Flute! Composed just weeks before Mozart's untimely death, it is a work of profound tenderness and compassion full of joyous lyricism. All ages, both seasoned opera-goers and opera-beginners alike, will marvel at this fairytale.

Contact Russell Franks at rfranks@stetson.edu.

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.


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.