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Pacific Opera Theater
James Haffner
Director of Opera
Conservatory of Music
3601 Pacific Avenue
Stockton, CA 95211

Pacific Opera Theatre

The vocal performance program focuses specifically on the thorough preparation of the undergraduate singer. Performance opportunities outnumber many larger schools and our selective admission policy allows us to focus on individual quality in a smaller, nurturing environment.  Voice students study with faculty who enjoy national and international reputations in the areas of performance and pedagogy.  Many of our graduates have gone on to prestigious graduate schools followed by successful careers.  Take a moment to explore our list of recent productions


Vocal Performance Opportunities

  • Full Opera Production with Orchestra
  • Full Musical Production with Orchestra, in collaboration with Theatre Arts
  • Opera Studio - Scenes and Chamber Works
  • Choral Ensembles - Pacific Singers, Oriana Women's Ensemble and University Chorus

Course Overview

  • Studio Voice, featuring 1.5 hours per week of vocal instruction for upper division majors
  • Vocal Coaching for upper division majors
  • Acting for the Singer (4 semesters)
  • Lyric Diction (4 semesters)
  • Vocal Pedagogy
  • Vocal Literature
  • Opera Literature

Study and Travel Abroad

The Pacific Opera Theatre maintains an active international presence with educational experiences in Austria, China, Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, and Slovakia. [More Information]


The Director

James Haffner joined the faculty in 1999 as Assistant Professor of Voice and Director of Opera.   Professor Haffner holds a B.A. degree in theatre from Baldwin-Wallace College, an Artists' Diploma in opera stage directing and a M.F.A. in directing from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. At the Conservatory, Professor Haffner teaches opera workshop, lyric diction, opera production, and oversees stage direction for opera and musical theater productions. He is a member of Opera America and the National Opera Association.