Pacific Opera Theatre is the resident student opera ensemble at University of the Pacific. The program boasts a long history of successfully training singers for the professional arena. The ensemble is open to all Pacific students by audition.

Pacific Opera Theatre

Awarded 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 (West Coast premiere) 

Recognition by the National Opera Association:

  • La Cenerentola
  • Nicolai's The Merry Wives of Windsor
  • Dido and Aeneas
Performance Opportunities
  • In full opera productions with University Orchestra
  • With Opera Studio: scenes & chamber works
  • In choral ensembles: Pacific Singers or University Chorus

Pictured: Tanya Harris '20 in Opera Follies 2019 
(BM, Music Performance, Voice) 

Performance major Tanya Harris
program director for opera theatre james haffner
Curriculum Highlight
Michael Chekhov Technique

Dedicated to the training of strong singer-actors, the curriculum of Pacific Opera Theatre program includes an intensive acting course sequence focusing on the Michael Chekhov technique taught by Professor James Haffner.

Program Faculty