Our Mission

Vital Opera’s mission is to cultivate human connection through operatic expression. We aim to do that through intimate, innovative programming that offers our audiences unique experiences. We endeavor to engage extraordinary, passionate artists interested in developing their ability to share and express powerful stories. We hope that our events offer art-making at its highest level while focusing intensely on the essential human stories within.

Vital Opera’s programming is built on the notion that the medium of opera can have purpose in our society as a way of exploring crucial themes of human existence and generating opportunities for discussion around them. Vital Opera produces creative and organic performances of existing work, commissions new work, and develops original montages that address themes of human existence. The company seeks out both new and existing techniques of theatre creation and incorporates them into our theatrical language to engender greater depth and breadth of expression. At home in traditional theatrical venues, we also present innovative programs in unique and non-traditional locales.

In addition to mounting productions of the highest artistic standards, Vital Opera is committed to artist development, audience education, and community engagement. The company conducts artist development workshops, ensemble development training, and thematically oriented workshops in order to learn about our craft and expand actor skills. We engage the community through extensive post-performance discussion and periodic workshop presentations. We also seek out opportunities to work with community groups to incorporate musical storytelling in their program activities.

Vital Opera produces programs that are compelling, radiant, and imbued with vital energy. Through mindful attention to the stories of our times, we re-examine the operatic classics and seek new stories that reveal the common fabric of our humanity, inspiring performers and audience members alike.

Our Team

Staff

Kelvin Chan

Kelvin Chan

General Director

Kathy Lawson

Kathy Lawson

Director of Operations

Board of Directors

Joseph Pettigrew

Joseph Pettigrew

President

Kelvin Chan

Kelvin Chan

Wei-En Hsu

Wei-En Hsu

Kathy Lawson

Kathy Lawson

Elizabeth Robinson

Elizabeth Robinson