Our Mission

Cultivating human connection through the medium of operatic expression

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 our community through extensive post-performance discussions, periodic workshop presentations, and auxiliary events co-produced with community partners. 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

Organizational Integrity

Organizational integrity, transparency, and ethical business practices are central to all of Vital Opera’s administrative, programming, and production activities. Below are links to the policies that govern our values and conduct.