Vision and Mission

Vision & Mission

Our Vision is for a world in which opera enriches the lives of everyone.
Our Mission is to create distinctive and inclusive opera experiences which inspire and engage artists and audiences.
We deliver our mission with integrity and uncompromising adherence to
Our Values: Quality, Leadership, Innovation, Collaboration, Learning, Inclusivity and Stewardship.

Our Guiding Principles

In striving to achieve our vision, we…

  • Curate inspired repertoire and create high quality new and original productions.
  • Create meaningful opportunities for artists, foster their development and careers.
  • Engage diverse audiences in the communicative power of opera.
  • Encourage the use of opera to enrich the learning of young people.
  • Design meaningful experiences and genuine engagement with communities to address cultural, civic and social needs.
  • Advance equity, diversity, inclusion and reconciliation and work to dismantle systemic inequities in our communities.
  • Cultivate collaboration with cultural organizations regionally, nationally, and internationally.
  • Invite investment in our activities, encourage philanthropy and celebrate giving.
  • Practice good governance and business practices, and prudently steward our resources.
  • Demonstrate leadership in our local communities and the broader arts and opera sectors.

Read about how Pacific Opera is working to uphold our Guiding Principles in our 2023-2027 Strategic Plan and our Strategic Priorities for Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, Reconciliation.

Our role is to curate four centuries of opera, to provide a range of opportunities for the performers we love and admire, and to bring our audience to understand the deep human values in the art.
– Timothy Vernon, Artistic Director

Rinaldo, 2016. Jennifer Taverner, top. Stéphanie Lessard, Andrey Nemzer. David Cooper Photography

Rinaldo, 2018. Jennifer Taverner, top. Stéphanie Lessard, Andrey Nemzer. David Cooper Photography