Cast & Credits


Peter Jaffe, conductor

peter_jaffePeter Jaffe has served as music director for Stockton Opera since 2001 and for the Stockton Symphony since 1995, consistently garnering accolades for his performances and fostering sustained artistic growth. Mr. Jaffe spearheaded the commission of Avner Dorman’s Uzu and Muzu from Kakaruzu, and the premiere of the imaginative work earned the Stockton Symphony national recognition for community engagement activities dealing with crucial social issues. He has made numerous radio and television appearances in California, and gained widespread recognition when NPR aired a portion of Chris Brubeck’s Mark Twain’s World, recorded with the Stockton Symphony. More…


James Haffner, director

James HaffnerJames Haffner is associate professor of opera at the University of the Pacific Conservatory of Music. His production of Rossini’s La Cenerentola took first place in the 2001 National Opera Association Production Competition, and the production was a finalist both at the regional and national levels in the Kennedy Center/American College Theater Festival. His Cenerentola production holds the distinction of being the first opera allowed to be performed in the KC/ACTF national festival. More recently, Mr. Haffner’s work was recognized by the KC-ACTF with an encore production of his reworking of Berlin to Broadway with Kurt Weill. More…