Artists and Production

Robert McPherson - Nemorino - Hailed by the New York Times for his “robust voice, agility and confidence,” during the 2015-16 season Robert McPherson makes his Metropolitan Opera debut as Basilio in Le Nozze di Figaro, as well as return engagements to Vlaamse Opera in Armida, Utah Opera in The Merry Widow and Israeli Opera in Les pêcheurs de perles. He began the 2014-15 season with the Lyric Opera of Chicago, singing Duca in Act III of Rigoletto in the company’s annual Stars of Lyric Opera concert conducted by Sir Andrew Davis at Millennium Park. He also joined Anchorage Opera as Mozart in a double billing of Mozart's The Impresario and Rismky-Korsakov’s Mozart and Salieri and just returned from Israel singing Britten's War Requiem. His performances of the Italian Tenor in Der Rosenkavlier with San Francisco Opera prompted the San Francisco Chronicle to exclaim that he “brought the first act to a stunned stop with his strikingly beautiful account of the Italian Tenor's aria.” Hailed for his distinctive artistry and virtuosic technique within the bel canto literature, Mr. McPherson’s performances include Arbace in Ciro in Babilonia at the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro, Arnold in Guillaume Tell with Polish National Opera; Ramiro in La cenerentola and Lindoro in L’italiana in Algeri with Washington National Opera; Rodrigo in La donna del lago with New York City Opera, Teatro Carlo Felice, Teatro Nacional de São Carlos, Opéra-Théâtre d'Avignon, La Coruña Mozart Festival, and Opera Orchestra of New York; He has sung both demanding tenor roles in Il viaggio a Reims, joining Israeli Opera, Vlaamse Opera, and Stadttheater Bern for Belfiore and Teatro Carlo Felice for Count Liebenskof. An avid baseball fan, he has sung the National Anthem for your Seattle Mariners on numerous occasions.

Kristin K. Vogel - Adina - Kristin K. Vogel (Soprano) is thrilled to be singing Adina with Vashon Opera! Acclaimed for her powerful lyric voice, her intensity onstage, and her well-honed vocal technique, Ms. Vogel has been honored in multiple international competitions, and is sought for roles that require dramatic passion and sensitive musicality. Ms. Vogel recently sang her first Nedda in I Pagliacci with St. Petersburg Opera in Florida, her first Donna Anna in Don Giovanni with Asheville Lyric Opera, and many Mozart heroines in a series of “3 Divas” concerts with Northwest Sinfonietta in Seattle, Tacoma, and Puyallup. Later this season Ms. Vogel will travel to Montana to sing the soprano solos in Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis with the Helena Symphony Orchestra, where she previously sang “Una Poenitentium/Gretchen” in Mahler's 8th Symphony. Ms. Vogel’s additional symphonic repertoire includes the soprano solos in Beethoven's 9th and Mahler's 2nd Symphonies, Mozart’s Requiem, Debussy’s Cinq Poèmes de Baudelaire, and Aaron Copland’s orchestrated Poems of Emily Dickinson, and she frequently performs with Seattle’s Inverted Space Modern Ensemble. Originally from Texas, Ms. Vogel earned her master's degree from Manhattan School of Music and her bachelor's degree from the University of Southern California, and has sung with high-profile young artist programs at Des Moines Metro Opera, the Natchez Festival of Music, the Utah Festival Opera, and others. Ms. Vogel is now completing her doctorate at the University of Washington, and she spent spring 2015 in Vienna researching her dissertation as a recipient of the prestigious Fritz Fellowship. Other recent performances include Pamina in The Magic Flute and Marguerite in Faust with Boheme Opera New Jersey, Rosalinda in Die Fledermaus and Lady Billows in Albert Herring at the University of Washington, Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni with the Natchez Festival of Music, and cross-over, Americana, and operetta repertoire with Mosaïque in Vienna, Austria.

Andrew Krikawa - Sergeant Belcore - Andrew Krikawa (Baritone) moved to Vashon Island from New York City ten years ago. While based in New York he sang for numerous companies including New York City Opera, Pittsburgh Opera, Virginia Opera, Cedar Rapids Opera, Opera Festival of New Jersey, Nashville Opera, Annapolis Opera, Central City Opera, Pensacola Opera, Eugene Opera, and DiCapo Opera Theatre. Andrew’s most performed roles include Marcello (La Bohème), Sharpless (Madame Butterfly), Germont (La Traviata), Albert (Werther), Silvio (I Pagliacci), and Guglielmo (Così fan tutte). Career highlights have also included appearances with Pittsburgh Opera as Albert in Werther and performances of Così fan tutte with the world renowned Orchestra of St. Luke’s. Mr. Krikawa is a Sullivan Foundation award winner and a recipient of the Richard F. Gold Career Grant. He holds a Masters degree from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. Mr. Krikawa helped found Vashon Opera with his wife Jennifer and participates in much of the day to day work for the company. He was seen in the Vashon Opera productions of La Bohème as Marcello, The Tender Land as Top, The Barber of Seville as Figaro, Così fan tutte as Guglielmo, Sid in Albert Herring and the title role in Gianni Schicchi.

Barry Johnson - Doctor Dulcamara - Barry Johnson (Baritone) returns to Vashon Opera as Doctor Dulcamara after singing Il Bailli in Werther and Frank in Vashon Opera's Die Fledermaus. He has attracted national attention among leading conductors, directors, and opera companies as a versatile singing actor. Mr. Johnson is a frequent guest with companies throughout the country including Seattle Opera, Tacoma Opera, Opera Colorado, Anchorage Opera, Portland Opera, Central City Opera, Las Vegas Opera, and the Wildwood Festival in Little Rock, Arkansas. Notable roles in his repertoire include the title role in The Marriage of Figaro, Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet, Marcello in La bohème, Dancairo in Carmen, Sharpless in Madama Butterfly, Masetto in Don Giovanni, Prince Ottokar in Der Freischütz, Baron Douphol in La Traviata, Angelotti in Tosca, Papageno in The Magic Flute, Fleville in Andrea Chenier, Dr. Falke in Die Fledermaus, and Jupiter in Orpheus in the Underworld. On the concert stage, Mr. Johnson has been a soloist with orchestras throughout the Northwest including Seattle Symphony, Tacoma Symphony, American Sinfonietta, Yakima Symphony, Northwest Sinfonietta, and Orchestra Seattle. Concert engagements have included Orff’s Carmina Burana, Handel’s Messiah, Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem, Rachmaninoff’s The Bells, Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass, Frahm’s War Cantata, Bach’s Magnificat, Mozart’s Requiem, and Faure’s Requiem. Mr. Johnson’s professional stage directing credits include Puccini’s La Boheme, Rossini’s Le Comte Ory, Bernstein’s Trouble in Tahiti, Puccini’s Tosca, Bizet’s La Tragedie de Carmen, Menotti’s The Telephone, Bizet’s Dr. Miracle, and Pasatieri’s La Divina, with Tacoma Opera.

Samantha Gorham - Giannetta - Samantha Gorham is a graduate of Northern Arizona University where she studied with Dr. Robert Allen Saunders. She also studied at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University with Alice Hopper, where she performed in the world premiere of The Tale of Lady Thi Kinh as part of the chorus. Most recently, Samantha performed as Adina in the Pacific Lutheran University’s Summer Opera Program performance of L’Elisir D’Amore.

James Brown - Conductor, Stage Director, Musical Director, and Orchestral Arranger- James Brown enjoys an eclectic career of singing, teaching, stage direction and conducting. His work has been seen at Vashon Opera in Albert Herring (stage Director & conductor), Madama Butterfly (stage director), Madama Butterfly (stage director), Carmen (stage director, conductor and arranger), Eugene Onegin (conductor and arranger), Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Carmen, Così fan tutte, Die Fledermaus, Werther, and Don GIovanni (stage director, conductor and arranger). Other productions as stage director include Mozart’s The Magic Flute, Kurt Weill’s Street Scene, Monteverdi’s Orfeo, Handel’s Semele, Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream (all PLU Opera), La Bohème (Bellevue Opera) and a critically acclaimed production of Sweeney Todd (Lakewood Playhouse). Upcoming productions for James include Pagliacci Palooza with Vashon Opera in May of 2016. He is the Chair of Vocal Studies at Pacific Lutheran University where he directs the opera and oversees a large voice program. James holds degrees from Loyola University/New Orleans, The Juilliard School and the State University of New York at Stony Brook.

Evan Stults - Rehearsal and Performance Pianist - Evan Stults is an accomplished vocal accompanist whose experience spans opera, recital, musical theatre, choral music, and cabaret. Evan is the founding musical director of the Vashon Opera, and accompanied island productions of The Magic Flute, La Bohème, The Tender Land, The Barber of Seville, Carmen, Eugene Onegin and Albert Herring. Since 1986, Evan has been the principal accompanist for the Seattle Men’s Chorus. He has played for the Seattle Opera and Seattle’s Fifth Avenue Theatre, toured the US and Canada for Columbia Artists and Community Concerts Association, and played for dozens of musicals in professional and community theatres and off-Broadway. Evan’s accompanying career includes international tours and performances in Carnegie Hall, Benaroya Hall, and leading concert halls across the US. He has accompanied artists as diverse as Frederica von Stade, Renee Fleming, Kristin Chenoweth, and Harvey Fierstein, and has played for premieres of new works by composers David Diamond, Gian-Carlo Menotti, and John Corigliano. Evan has a degree in semiotics from Brown University, and lives on Vashon with his partner Joe Farmer.

Joseph Farmer - Chorus Master - A native of Southeast Missouri, Joe Farmer (Tenor) has participated in many Vashon Opera productions as an artist including Il Tabarro (Venditore di Canzonetti), Gianni Schicchi (Pinellino), Eugene Onegin (soloist), The Tender Land and The Music Shop.  He has acted as chorus master for Vashon Opera's productions of Die Fledermaus,  Così fan tutte, Carmen, Madama Butterfly, Il Tabarro and Don Giovanni. Joe recently performed the role of Frederick, the pirate apprentice in Gilbert and Sullivan's, The Pirates of Penzance with Vashon's Drama Dock. In 2011, he was a countertenor participant in Pacific Musicwork’s, “L’Accademia d’Amore”, a 10-day workshop at Cornish College of the Arts focusing on the musical and dramatic aspects of early Baroque Opera. Joe has performed as a soloist with Vashon Island Chorale and the Seattle Men's Chorus and was a founding member of The Esoterics. He has studied voice with Holly Boaz, Nancy Zylstra and Elizabeth Ripley. Joe holds a Bachelor of Interior Architecture degree from Kansas State University. He owns and operates a graphic design business on Vashon Island.