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

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
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