Mezzo-soprano Megan Stetson is an active performer, both nationally and internationally, 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 performed with various San Francisco Bay Area companies including Opera San Jose, Ensemble Parallèle; Berkeley West Edge Opera; 42nd Street Moon; Lamplighter's Musical Theatre; Solo Opera; Town Hall Theater; Martinez Opera; Goat Hall Productions; Role Player’s Ensemble; Golden Gate Opera; Bay Area Bach Ensemble; 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 a decade of classical flute training, Megan is also very passionate about dance and the physicality of live performance. 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 twelve 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 in California. Megan has served as musical director with Bay Area Children’s Theater; musical director for StarStruck Musical Theatre in Fremont, CA; musical director for Lamorinda Academy in Lafayette, CA; choreographer for Mr. D’s Music Club in Oakland, CA; and Kindermusik Educator with East Bay Kindermusik in many cities throughout the East Bay, CA.
To satisfy her interest and love for fashion and the local artisan community, Megan founded Vivi June (formerly, Threads by Cho-Cho,) for which she designs and hand-sews fingerless gloves, headbands and infinity scarves for San Francisco’s Bay Area. 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. For more information on Megan's designs, visit vivijune.com.
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.
In March of 2015, 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 in May of that year. 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 returned to the stage in December, 2015 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, 2016 Megan performed 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. That June she appeared as Nancy in Woody Allen's Play It Again, Sam with Town Hall Theatre in Lafayette, CA. Her album entitled, "Sorrow, a re-imagining of Henryk Gorecki's Symphony No. 3," was released on April 8th, 2016 on the label 52Hz. Megan sang the soprano solo in the album's release show at Le Poisson Rouge in New York City last April and proceeded to tour this beautiful Symphony in various cities worldwide. Other 2016 Gorecki performances included June 27th at the Ottawa Music Festival in Ottawa, Canada; September 9th in Amsterdam, NL; September 23rd at the Pop Montreal International Music Festival; September 28th at S.P.A.C.E. in Evanston, IL; September 30th at the Walker Arts Center in Minneapolis, MN; November 27th at the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival in Huddersfield, UK; and December 18th in Katowice, Poland; March 23rd, 2017 at the Big Ears Festival in Knoxville, TN; May 18th, 2017 at the Festival International Musique Actuelle Victoriaville; October 13th, 2017 at New Sounds Live in NYC; and at UMS Michigan Theater in Ann Arbor, MI in March of 2018.
Other past performances of 2017 include, February 18th Irregular Resolutions Winter Concert in San Francisco; March 18th Role Player's Ensemble Broadway Musical Magic Fundraiser at the Village Theater in Danville, CA; and March 19th OSLC Major Works Concert of Schubert's Mass in G in Lafayette, CA.
This past March Megan appeared as a featured vocalist and performer in the Role Players Ensemble's broadway musical event entitled, They're Playing My Song in Danville, CA. On April 14th she returned to her hometown of Ann Arbor, Michigan to perform Gorecki's Symphony No. 3 as part of the University Musical Society's 2018 season at the Michigan Theater. This April a new album on which Megan is featured was released on Navona Records, entitled The Life Before Us. Please visit her "video" page to listen to tracks and link to Amazon for purchase. Megan relocated to Ann Arbor in September, 2018 with her husband and daughter, Vivienne, to pursue her performance/teaching career and be closer to family. She is currently teaching private voice and Theatrical Voice classes at Michigan Academy of Dance and Music in Dexter MI, as well as serving as musical director for Young People's Theater's fall production of the musical, Hunchback of Notre Dame.