Megan Stetson - Vocalist
Mezzo-soprano Megan Stetson is an active performer in California’s Bay Area and enjoys performing in a variety of musical genres including opera, musical theater, cabaret, symphonic/oratorio repertoire, as well as new music works. An Ann Arbor, MI native,…
Mezzo-soprano Megan Stetson is an active performer in California’s Bay Area and enjoys performing in a variety of musical genres including opera, musical theater, cabaret, symphonic/oratorio repertoire, as well as new music works. An Ann Arbor, MI native, Megan moved to the west coast in 2001 to further her artistic studies. She has been engaged with various local companies including Opera San Jose, Ensemble Parallèle; 42nd Street Moon; Martinez Opera; Goat Hall Productions; Role Player’s Theater; Golden Gate Opera; Bay Area Bach Ensemble; Lamplighter's Musical Theatre; Solo Opera; Town Hall Theater; Waffle Opera and Pocket Opera of San Francisco.
Although initially trained in singing and music, with a B.M. (Northwestern University) and M.M. in Vocal Performance (San Francisco State University) including multiple years of classical flute training, Megan is also very passionate about dance and the physicality of live performance. In the last few years Megan added choreography to her professional credits with her work in Offenbach’s La Vie Parisienne and Verdi’s La Traviata with Pocket Opera. She studied Flamenco dance and castanet technique at Carolina Lugo’s Brisas de España Flamenco Dance Company and Tap dance at the East Bay Dance Center, and is trained in all styles of partner dance, including Salsa, Waltz, Tango, Fox Trot, Charleston and Swing.
Along with performing, Megan has spent the last number of years teaching private voice lessons, beginning as a graduate teaching associate in applied voice during her graduate studies and continuing on to the present day. She was a private vocal instructor at the Community Music Center of San Francisco’s Mission District as well as Danville Music Academy. Megan has served as musical director with Bay Area Children’s Theater as well as choreographer for Mr. D’s Music Club in Oakland. She is currently working as the Musical Director for StarStruck Musical Theatre in Fremont, as well as a Kindermusik Educator with East Bay Kindermusik in Walnut Creek, CA.
To satisfy her interest and love for fashion and the local artisan community, Megan founded Threads by Cho-Cho, for which she designs and hand-sews fingerless gloves, headbands and infinity scarves for San Francisco’s Bay Area as well as various other cities across the country. She also offers a bridal line of finger-loop formal gloves for the brides-to-be and their female bridal attendants. Her designs have been featured several times in the Scene Section of the San Francisco Bay Guardian.
In 2014, Megan was featured as a vocalist and flutist in the documentary film, “Last Woman Standing” with Prospector Films in Montreal, for which she sang the aria, "Casta Diva" from Bellini's Norma. In March of the that year, she made her New York City debut singing the soprano solo in Gorecki’s Symphony No. 3 as part of the Ecstatic Music Festival. She performed one of her favorite roles to date as Mad Margaret in Gilbert and Sullivan’s Ruddigore with Role Player’s Theater in the spring and began that summer singing in her first Kurt Weill work as Jenny in Threepenny Opera with Waffle Opera of San Francisco. In the fall of 2014, Megan made her debut with Lafayette’s Town Hall Players performing the role of Jenny in Stephen Sondheim’s Company and finished off the year singing Hansel, one of her favorite operatic roles, in Solo Opera’s production of Humperdink’s Hansel and Gretel in Walnut Creek.
This past March, Megan returned to New York to record the entire Symphony of Sorrowful Songs by Henryk Gorecki and was honored to perform it as part of the Moers Music Festival in Moers, Germany this past May. Before leaving the US, Megan returned in April to 42nd Street Moon in San Francisco to perform the role of Maria Valdez in their production of Maltby, Strouse, and Laurents' Nick and Nora. She is excited to return to the stage in December to perform for the third time, the role of Hansel in Solo Opera's Annual production of Hansel and Gretel by Engelbert Humperdinck. In March of 2016, Megan will be performing the role of Mrs. Perry Patetic in Joann E. Feldman's one act opera, The Computer Kid's Magic Night, at the Lesher Center for the Arts in Walnut Creek, CA.