Artists and Production

Anthony Kalil - Rodolfo - Praised by the New York Times as an “excellent tenor” with a voice that has “ping and richness,” American tenor Anthony Kalil is a graduate of the prestigious Lindemann Young Artist Development Program at the Metropolitan Opera. In the 2013-2014 season, Mr. Kalil made his Metropolitan Opera debut as the Young Man in Die Frau ohne Schatten conducted by Vladimir Jurowski and the 1st Armed Man in The Magic Flute. He also sang the title role in Berlioz’s Benvenuto Cellini in the MET + Juilliard scenes program conducted by James Levine. In the 2014-2015 Season, Mr. Kalil covered the role of Macduff in Verdi’s Macbeth with the Metropolitan Opera.  Mr. Kalil has performed with the Metropolitan Opera, Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Santa Fe Opera, Seattle Opera, Arizona Opera, Palm Beach Opera and many others. Most recently, Mr. Kalil made his role debut as Nadir in The Pearl Fishers with Seattle Opera. Mr. Kalil has also performed the role of Alfredo in La traviata with Opera on the Avalon in St. John’s Newfoundland, Canada. He also made his Alice Tully Hall debut in a gala concert with the I Sing Beijing Program, was the tenor soloist for Beethoven’s Symphony No.9 with the Norwalk Symphony Orchestra, sang the role of Lensky in Eugene Onegin with Vashon Opera, and participated in the I Sing Beijing Program in Beijing, China. Further career highlights include Rodolfo in La bohème, Cavaradossi in Tosca, Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly, the Duke of Mantua in Rigoletto, Canio in  I Pagliacci, and Gabriel Von Eisenstein in Die Fledermaus. Mr. Kalil is the recipient of a 2014 Encouragement Award from the George London Foundation, a 2013 Sara Tucker Grant from the Richard Tucker Foundation and 2014 Richard Tucker Career Grant, Second Prize in the 2013 Gerda Lissner Competition and Second Prize from the Puccini Faundation. In the 2011 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, Mr. Kalil was awarded a prize as a Semi Finalist.

Alexa Jarvis - Mimì - American Soprano Alexa Jarvis specializes in opera, musical theater and new music. Alexa’s 2018/19 season highlights include performances with the Metropolitan Opera (Mefistofele), Chicago Symphony Orchestra at Ravinia (Bernstein Mass), Vashon Opera and New Rochelle Opera (Mimì, La bohème), Pacific Northwest Opera (Liù, Turandot), Jake Heggie’s monodrama At the Statue of Venus and American Opera Projects (Judith & Holofernes) where Broadway World wrote, “ particular, Jarvis as Judith conveyed sensuality and danger…” On the concert stage Alexa appeared at Carnegie Hall twice last season performing as a prizewinner with the International Gerda Lissner Competition and with Mannes Festival singing Chausson’s Chanson perpetuelle. Other notable engagements include Seattle Symphony (Orphèe aux enfers, Final Fantasy Opera), Seattle Opera (Our Earth, La bohème, Turandot), Beijing Music Festival (She Loves Me, My Fair Lady) and Germany’s Theater Lüneburg (La bohème). In musical theater Alexa recently made her NYC musical debut as Rosie in Cabaret with esteemed director Kevin Newbury and Leslie Stifelman, music director of Chicago on Broadway. Alexa can also be heard on several video-game/movie soundtracks including The Industrial Musicals Movie and Grammy-nominated children’s fable The Shoe Bird. Alexa was the winner of the Washington District Metropolitan Opera Competition, a finalist in the Franco Viñas Opera Competition in Barcelona and received awards from the International Gerda Lissner Competition, Opera Index, Giulio Gari Foundation, Julian Autrey Song Foundation and Palm Springs Opera Competition.

Andrew Krikawa - Marcello - Andrew Krikawa (baritone) was most recently seen by Vashon Opera audiences singing the role of Papageno in Vashon Opera's 2018 production of The Magic Flute. He has sung 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 Pagliacci Palooza as Silvio, La bohème as Marcello, The Tender Land as Top, The Barber of Seville as Figaro, Così fan tutte as Guglielmo, Albert Herring as SidThe Elixir of Love as Sargeant Belcore,  and the title role in Gianni Schicchi and Eugene Onegin.

Jennifer Krikawa - Musetta - Jennifer Krikawa (soprano) was seen singing the title role in Vashon Opera's 2017 production of Tosca and Papagena in Vashon Opera's 2018 spring production of The Magic Flute. She has sung for numerous opera companies such as New York City Opera, Virginia Opera, Connecticut Opera, Sarasota Opera, Opera North, Augusta Opera, Annapolis Opera, Central City Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera, and Israel Vocal Arts Institute. Jennifer's roles include: Fiordiligi (Così Fan Tutte), Mimi (La Bohème), Micaela (Carmen), Musetta (La Bohème), Laurie (The Tenderland), Gretel (Hansel und Gretel), Pamina (Die Zauberflöte), Frasquita (Carmen), Antonia (Les Contes d'Hoffman), Tatyana (Eugene Onegin), Giorgetta (Il tabarro), Nedda (I Pagliacci), and Madama Butterfly. Mrs. Krikawa has appeared at Carnegie Hall as the soprano soloist for Scarlatti's Dixit Dominus, Vaughan William's Benedicite, and Poulenc's Gloria and has appeared at Benaroya Hall as soloist in Mozart's Requiem and Soprano II in Mozart's Mass in C Minor with the Vashon Island Chorale. She pursued contemporary music studies at The Banff Centre for the Arts and she holds a Master's degree from The New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. Her awards include First Place NATS winner, First Place Opera Theater of Connecticut Amici Competition, Olga Berzins Vocal Scholarship Award, Metropolitan Opera National Council Regional Finalist in Boston and Metropolitan Opera National Council Honorable Mention in Connecticut. She has recorded a CD titled "Songs of Walt Whitman" composed by Malcolm Peyton with Centaur Records. Upcoming Ms. Krikawa will perform the role of Blanche in Vashon Opera's 2019 production of A Streetcar Named Desire.

Damien Geter - Colline - Damien is a diverse artist whose credits include performances ranging from the operatic stage to the television screen. Damien's 2018-2019 season begins with several concert appearances including: the Resonance Ensemble (Portland) in their SOULS concert which explores mysticism in the religions on Islam, Judaism, and Christianity; Vaughan Williams' Dona Nobis Pacem; a concert version of the first two acts of La Bohème in the role of Colline, as well as the first movement of Mahler's Eighth Symphony with the Bremerton Symphony Orchestra; the Schubert Mass in Ab with the Oregon Chorale; and an appearance with the NW Sinfonietta as the baritone soloist in Fauré's Requiem. Operatic appearances include a Seattle Opera debut in the role of the Undertaker, and covering the role of Jake in Porgy and Bess; and a debut with Vashon Opera in the role of Colline in La Bohème. He will close his 2018 season as the King in Oregon Opera Theater’s production of The Little Prince. Damien will return to Portland Opera in the fall of 2018 in the role of Dr. Grenville in Verdi's La Traviata. Damien currently serves on the music faculty of The Catlin Gabel School in Portland, OR and is an adjunct voice instructor at Portland State. The book he co-authored, Music in Context: An Examination of Western European Music Through a Sociopolitical Lens is available on Amazon, or directly from the publisher, Kendall Hunt.

Eric Olson - Schaunard - Eric Henry Olson is a baritone originally from Fargo, North Dakota. He recently drew praise from John von Rhein of the Chicago Tribune for his performance as Top in Aaron Copland’s The Tender Land with Northwestern University Opera, who said, “The strongest performer was baritone Eric Olson, fully into his role as Top.” Mr. Olson has been seen in a wide variety of roles. His professional credits include appearances as Betto (Gianni Schicchi), The Bonze/Prince Yamadori (Madama Butterfly), with Fargo-Moorhead Opera, Vicar (Albert Herring), and Johann (Werther), with Vashon Opera. Mr. Olson recently received his master’s of music degree from Northwestern University, under the tutelage of Theresa Brancaccio. While at Northwestern he has performed the roles of Don Giovanni (Don Giovanni), Bartley (Riders to the Sea), Top (The Tender Land), and Marquis de la Force in Dialogues of the Carmelites. Mr. Olson completed his undergraduate degree at Pacific Lutheran University, where he performed the roles of Schicchi (Gianni Schicchi) Figaro (Il Barbiere di Siviglia), Bottom (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), and Melisso (Alcina). Mr. Olson has also appeared as a soloist on the concert stage, most notably alongside Metropolitan Opera soprano Angela Meade in the U.S. premier of Sven-David Sandström’s Matthäuspassion at Pacific Lutheran University. He has been featured as the soloist in Handel’s Messiah and Beethoven’s Mass in C.

Andy Papas - Benoit, Alcindoro - Praised for his comic excellence, The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel calls native Bostonian Andy Papas “delightfully ridiculous, bringing vocal power and finesse to the stage”. He was most recently seen as Walt Dreary in The Threepenny Opera with Boston Lyric Opera, and returns to BLO next season for comprimario roles in The Handmaid’s Tale and The Barber of Seville. This summer he returns to Opera Saratoga as Baron Zeta in The Merry Widow, having covered the title role in Verdi’s Falstaff there last season. Andy was also featured as the gangster “Bugs” in Saratoga’s acclaimed production of The Cradle Will Rock, recorded for the first time with Blitzstein’s original orchestration. Performing frequently on the West Coast, Andy was seen last fall as Spalanzani/Crespèl in Les Contes d’Hoffmann with Pacific Northwest Opera, and he is back this fall as Benoit/Alcindoro (La Bohème) for Vashon Opera. In 2017, Opera News lauded “strong contributions from bad guy Andy Papas (Stephano)” in The Tempest (Albany Records), by Joseph Summer. As Ko-Ko in The Mikado for Union Avenue Opera in 2016, The St. Louis Post-Dispatch commended his “excellent comedic effect” and “unusually fine voice for the patter specialist.” He has performed leading and featured roles with The Lyric Stage of Boston, Pacific Opera Project, Odyssey Opera, Opera Company of Middlebury, Winter Opera St. Louis, and Skylight Music Theatre, among others. Go Blue!

Gary Koch - Parpignol - Gary Koch (tenor) returns for his thirteenth Vashon Opera production to reprise his 2009 role. He is a frequent soloist with the Vashon Island Chorale and in local recitals and benefits. He performed the Beethoven song cycle an die ferne Geliebte with Rowena Hammill as part of the 2017 Beethoven Marathon. In March 2018 he sang Erlkönig and other Schubert lieder as part of Michael Tracy’s lecture series at Vashon Center for the Arts. Other Vashon Opera roles include Mr. Splinters in The Tender Land, the Captain in The Barber of Seville, Imperial Commissioner in Madama Butterfly, Captain Petrovich in Eugene Onegin, Dottore Spinelloccio, in Gianni Schicchi, Brühlmann in Werther, and a citizen in I Pagliacci. He has also sung the roles of Tamino in The Magic Flute, Bob in The Old Maid and the Thief, Ben in The Telephone and Aeneas in Dido and Aeneas. Musical theater roles include Tommy in Brigadoon, Strephon in Iolanthe, Freddy in My Fair Lady, Koko in The Mikado, Ralph in H.M.S. Pinafore, and Tito in Lend Me a Tenor. Gary studied with the late William Eddy.

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 The Magic Flute, Lucia di Lammermoor, Tosca, Dialogues of the Carmelites Pagliacci Palooza, The Elixir of Love, Carmen, Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Così fan tutte, Die Fledermaus, Werther, and Don Giovanni as stage director, conductor and arranger, Albert Herring (stage director & conductor), Madama Butterfly (stage director) and Eugene Onegin (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). Recent productions include: conductor and stage director for Les Contes d'Hoffmann  with Pacific Northwest Opera and Dido and Aeneas with PLU Opera. 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. Upcoming productions include La Bohème with Pacific Northwest Opera, Le Nozze di Figaro and Sweeney Todd (conductor) with PLU Opera, and A Streetcar Named Desire with Vashon Opera in May of 2019.

Evan Stults - Rehearsal 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, Werther, Die Fledermaus, Albert Herring,The Elixir of Love, Pagliacci Palooza, Dialogues of the Carmelites, Tosca and Lucia di Lammermoor. 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.

Joe Farmer - Chorus Master - Joe Farmer has participated in many Vashon Opera productions including Die Fledermaus (Dr. Blind), The Magic Flute (1st Priest and 1st Armored Man), Il tabarro (Venditore di Canzonetti), Gianni Schicchi (Pinellino), Eugene Onegin (chorus soloist), and The Music Shop (Ivan). He has acted as chorus master for Vashon Opera's productions of The Magic Flute, Lucia di Lammermoor, Tosca, Dialogues of the Carmelites, I Pagliacci, The Elixir of Love, Die Fledermaus, Così fan tutte, Carmen, Madama Butterfly, Il tabarro, and Don Giovanni. Joe has been 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. He has performed with Illumni Men’s Chorale, the Seattle Men's Chorus, Philandros, The Esoterics, and Vashon Island Chorale, where he currently holds the position of Assistant Conductor.