About Us

AthertonsIn 1968, Warren and Marietta Atherton had a dream of bringing opera productions to the Stockton Community. Former Stockton Symphony Director, Kyung Soo Won, Dr. Arthur Holton, founder and long time director of the Stockton Chorale, and Dr. Lucas Underwood shared this vision, and together with the interest and support of the community the Stockton Opera Association was born. The first full-scale production, La Traviata was presented in April of 1969. The director and conductor was Lucas Underwood.

We take pride in the accomplishments of our artistic directors whose vision and energy have contributed so much to the growth and vitality of the Stockton Opera Association. Dr. Lucas Underwood, Mark Ross Clark, and Professor Emeritus George Buckbee … each, over the years, has created stimulating productions of light and grand opera, professional in quality and strong in musical and theatrical values.

Board of Directors

Gianni Schicchi (2012)
Gianni Schicchi (2012)

Janet Bonner, President
Michael Kizer, Vice President
Gerald Ascencio, Secretary
Sue Sherrow/Janet Bonner, Treasurer
Steven Darling, Board member
Shirley Dozier, Board member
Danna Schilling, Board member
Mary Anne Poore, Board member

Previous Opera Productions

La Traviata Giuseppé Verdi 1969
Madama Butterfly Giacomo Puccini 1970
Faust Charles Gounod 1971
Il Trovatore Giuseppé Verdi 1971
Die Fledermaus Johann Strauss II 1973
The Gypsy Baron Johann Strauss II 1974
The Bartered Bride Bedrich Smetana 1975
Die Fledermaus Johann Strauss II 1976
Amahl & the Night Visitors Giancarlo Menotti 1976
The Tales of Hoffman Jacques Offenbach 1977
A Musical Odyssey 1978
Madama Butterfly Giacomo Puccini 1980
Hansel & Gretel Engelbert Humperdinck 1982
La Traviata Giuseppé Verdi 1983
Don Pasquale Gaetano Donizetti 1984
Don Giovanni Wolfgang Mozart 1985
La Boheme Giacomo Puccini 1989
The Merry Widow Franz Lehar 1990
Amahl & the Night Visitors Giancarlo Menotti 1990
Casey At The Bat Concert Version 1990
The Barber of Seville Gioacchino Rossini 1991
A Night At The Opera Concert Version 1991
Amahl & the Night Visitors Giancarlo Menotti 1991
La Boheme Giacomo Puccini 1992
Aida Giuseppé Verdi 1993
La Bohème Giuseppé Verdi 1993
Carmina Burana Carl Orff 1994
The Coffee Cantata Johann Bach 1994
Don Giovanni Wolfgang Mozart 1994
Viva Verdi! Concert Version 1995
The Mikado Gilbert & Sullivan 1995
Ariadne auf Naxos Richard Strauss 1996
Gianni Schicchi & Giacomo Puccini 1997
El Amor Brujo Manuel De Falla 1997
A Grand Night for Singing Concert Version 1997
“A Salute to Broadway” Concert Version 1997
Viva Italia! Concert Version 1998
The Gondoliers Gilbert & Sullivan 1999
La Boheme Giacomo Puccini 2001
Carmen Georges Bizet 2002
Die Fledermaus Concert Version 2003
La Traviata Giuseppé Verdi 2004
The Magic Flute Wolfgang Mozart 2005
Tosca Giacomo Puccini 2006
A Night at the Opera 2007
Madama Butterfly Giacomo Puccini 2008
Barber of Seville Gioacchino Rossini 2009
Don Giovanni Wolfgang Mozart 2010
La Bohème Giuseppé Verdi 2011
Pagliacci Ruggero Leoncavallo 2012
Gianni Schicchi Giacomo Puccini 2012
Marriage of Figaro Wolfgang Mozart 2013
Die Fledermaus Johann Strauss 2015