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Pacific Opera Theater
209.946.2832
James Haffner
Director of Opera
Conservatory of Music
3601 Pacific Avenue
Stockton, CA 95211
jhaffner@pacific.edu

Pacific Opera Theatre Ensemble

Pacific Opera Theatre is the Conservatory's resident student opera ensemble. The program boasts a long history of successfully training singers for the professional arena. Dedicated to the training of strong singer-actors, the curriculum includes an intensive acting course of study which focuses on the Michael Chekhov technique. Auditions are required.

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 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

Awarded Opera Theatre Productions

Recognition by the Kennedy Center-American College Theatre Festival:
La Cenerentola
Falsettoland
Berlin to Broadway with Kurt Weill
Glen Roven's Heart's Desire (the west coast premiere)

Recognition by the National Opera Association:
La Cenerentola
Nicolai's The Merry Wives of Windsor 
Dido and Aeneas

Opera Theatre Program Faculty

James Haffner 
Assistant Professor of Voice and Director of Opera, 1999
BA in Theatre, Baldwin-Wallace College
Artists' Diploma in Opera Stage Directing, University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music
MFA in Directing, University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music

Burr C. Phillips
Associate Professor of Voice
BM, University of North Texas
MM, Texas Christian University