Artists and Production

Megan Renae Parker - Violetta Valéry - Megan Renae Parker (lyric coloratura soprano) cross-over artist graces operatic, musical theatre and concert stages alike. Hailed for her “superb showmanship” this two-time NW Regional Metropolitan Opera National Council Finalist is delighted to return to Vashon having performed Zerlina in Don Giovanni. Other favorite roles include Musetta- La Bohème and Lucia- Lucia di Lammermoor with Pacific NW Opera, Sarah Brown- Guys & Dolls with Coeur d’Alene Summer Theatre, Francesca Johnson- Bridges of Madison County with Showtunes Theatre & Peaches/Baby Jane- Jerry Springer the Opera with Balagan Theatre, which garnered Megan Broadwayworld.com, Gypsy Rose Lee & Gregory Award Nominations. On the concert stage Megan made her McCaw Hall debut as a guest artist with the Seattle Mens’ & Womens’ Chorus on their 30th Anniversary, bringing down the house with the aria “Glitter & Be Gay”. Other concert repertoire includes Mozart’s Requiem and Haydn’s Missa in tempore belli with NW Sinfonietta, Knoxville Summer of 1915 and Mahler Symphony No. Four with the Seattle Festival Orchestra, and Simon Sargon's Shemà and Shostakovich's Jewish Folk Poetry, Op.79 with the Music of Remembrance. Megan also recently premiered and recorded the song cycle, In Sleep the World is Yours, commissioned by Music of Remembrance and composed by Lori Laitman, on the Naxos label. Internationally Megan is a Nei Stëmmen Competition Finalist and locally a recipient of a training fund grant from the Seattle Opera Guild. Megan also helps produce events as a ‘Managing Diva’ for Opera on Tap- Seattle, and teaches private voice lessons at Vocalpath Studio.

John Marzano - Alfredo Germont - John Marzano (tenor), based in the Pacific Northwest and praised for his “light lyric tenor voice” and “fine musicality” (Boston Musical Intelligencer), frequents operatic, recital and concert stages alike. Highlights from his 2018/2019 season include a performance of Handel’s Messiah as the Tenor Soloist with Symphony Tacoma. Tacoma Weekly was quoted stating “Tenor John Marzano’s rich tones exhibited what an amazing musical instrument the human voice can be.” Most recently he was seen in a formidable performance Le Remendado in Bizet’s Carmen with Seattle Opera. His season with Seattle Opera also included covers of Peter Quint in Britten’s Turn of The Screw and Steve Wozniak in Bates’ The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs. He was also seen in Verdi’s Il Trovatore singing the role of Ruiz. Mr. Marzano’s 2017/2018 season included, Camille de Rosillon in Tacoma Opera's production of Lehar's The Merry Widow, Tony in Tacoma Symphony's performance of Bernstein's West Side Story Suite and Lord Arturo Bucklaw in Vashon Opera’s production of Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor. Highlights from his 2016/2017 season include, Giuseppe in Verdi’s La Traviata with Seattle Opera, Hermosa in Offenbach’s L’ile de Tulipatan and Gherardo in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi with the Crested Butte Music Festival and Tenor Soloist in Handel’s Messiah with Federal Way Symphony. Other recent operatic roles include, Ferrando in Così fan tutte (NEC Opera), Count Almaviva in Il Barbiere di Siviglia (PLU Summer Opera), Tamino in Die Zauberflöte (PLU Opera), Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi (PLU Opera), Jupiter in Semele (PLU Opera), Mr. Upfold in Albert Herring (PLU Opera). Mr. Marzano has received numerous awards from the Metropolitan Opera National Council including District and Regional Encouragement Awards and was also named the Northwest District Winner in 2013 and 2015. In 2017 he completed a season at the Crested Butte Music Festival where he was awarded the music festival’s Rosalind Jackson Award for Excellence. Mr. Marzano earned his Bachelor's Degree in Vocal Performance from Pacific Lutheran University in 2013. He also studied at the New England Conservatory in 2014-15.

Anton Belov - Giorgio Germont - Anton Belov (baritone) returns to Vashon Opera after singing the title role of Don Giovanni in the 2014 production of Don Giovanni. The voice of Anton Belov was described as mellifluous by the New York Times and that of an emerging star by the Philadelphia Inquirer. He earned praise from critics and audiences alike for his portrayals of Count di Luna (Il Trovatore), Escamillo (Carmen), Eugene Onegin, Enrico (Lucia di Lammermoor), Don Giovanni, Germont (La Traviata) and Figaro (Le nozze di Figaro). Dr. Belov performed throughout the country appearing with Boston Lyric Opera, Portland Opera, Opera Boston, Opera Delaware, Connecticut Grand Opera, Tacoma Opera, Opera New Jersey, Anchorage Opera as well as Boston Baroque, Opera Orchestra of New York, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (at Carnegie Hall), the California Symphony, The Oregon Symphony, The Hartford Symphony Orchestra, Las Vegas Philharmonic, Rhode Island Philharmonic and Colorado Symphony. His upcoming engagements include the roles of Germont, Don Giovanni and Escamillo. Dr. Belov is the first-place winner of eight vocal competitions including the George London Competition, Licia Albanese - Puccini Foundation International Competition, and Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions (Eastern Region). As the winner of the Young Concert Artists International Auditions, Mr. Belov has appeared in over forty recitals throughout the United States. A native of Moscow, Anton Belov holds a Bachelor of Music Degree from The New England Conservatory, an Artist’s Diploma and a Master of Music Degree from The Juilliard School and the Doctorate of Musical Arts from Boston University. He lives near Portland, Oregon where he holds the post of an assistant professor of music at Linfield College.

Soon Cho - Flora Bervoix - Soon Cho (lyric mezzo-soprano) has been hailed by Opera News for her “potent presence” and praised by the Cincinnati Post as “regal in bearing, with vocal endowments to match… tears were listener response to her heart-wrenching performance” as Dido in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas. Cho has gained recognition for her sensitive artistry and winning execution on the recital, concert and opera stages, and has performed in Australia, Belgium, China, Canada, France, Great Britain, New Zealand, South Korea and all over the United States. Operatic roles include Der Komponist (Ariadne auf Naxos), Dorabella (Cosi fan tutte), Costanza (L’Isola Disabitata), Mao’s 2nd Secretary (Nixon in China), Adalgisa (Norma), Mercedes (Carmen), Zita (Gianni Schicchi), Mother Goose (The Rake’s Progress), Hansel (Hansel and Gretel), L’Enfant (L’Enfant et les Sortilèges), Mother Marie (Dialogues of the Carmelites), Hermia (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), and Vera Boronel (The Consul). She has performed with Cincinnati Opera, Dayton Opera, Astoria Music Festival, New York Philomusica, Seongnam Arts Center Opera in Korea, Houston Grand Opera’s Opera-to-Go, Seattle Opera Outreach, Opera in the Heights, Opera Festival of Lucca, and Aspen Opera Theater. Currently a member of the voice faculty at Pacific Lutheran University, Cho received the Doctor of Musical Arts in Voice and Artist Diploma in Opera from the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music (CCM), M.M. from the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University, and B.A./B.M. from University of Washington. This is her debut with Vashon Opera. Future engagements include Handel’s Messiah with Symphony Tacoma and Second City Chamber Series concert.

Shelly Traverse - Annina - Shelly Traverse (lyric soprano) returns to Vashon Opera after singing the role of Pamina in the 2018 production of The Magic Flute. Shelly recently made headlines for her “standout” performances as Hero in Seattle Opera’s world-premiere version of Berlioz’s Beatrice & Benedict, after stepping into the role at the last-minute. The Seattle Times noted Traverse as the “scene-stealer” of the performance “charm[ing] the audience with her voice and stage presence, both lovely and unaffected”. This break-out performance was part of a winning season of roles and company debuts. In addition to her debut as Hero, Ms. Traverse made appearances as Valencienne in Lehar’sThe Merry Widow and Lucia in Britten's The Rape of Lucretia with Tacoma Opera and as Pamina in Mozart’s The Magic Flute with Vashon Opera. Next up Ms.Traverse will sing Chan Parker in the West Coast premier of Charlie Parker's Yardbird with Seattle Opera. Equally at home on the opera stage as in other genres, Ms. Traverse is a seasoned veteran of both musical theater and operetta. In the Seattle area, Traverse has performed the roles of Johanna in Sweeney Todd with the Renton Civic Theatre, Mabel in The Pirates of Penzance with the Seattle Gilbert & Sullivan Society, and Mrs. Nordstrom in A Little Night Music at Second Story Repertory Theatre. She also performs regularly with her new music ensemble: Living Music. Ms. Traverse was a 2009 Studio Artist at Central City Opera. She holds a bachelor’s degree in vocal performance from the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music and completed her master’s degree from the Manhattan School of Music.

Andrew Etherington - Gastone - Andrew Etherington (tenor) returns to Vashon Opera after singing the role Normanno in the 2017 production of Lucia di Lammermoor. Andrew, from Overland Park, Kansas, completed his undergraduate studies at Ole Miss and honed his singing and stage skills with Bill Hall’s American Opera Studio. Andrew then completed his graduate work at The Peabody Institute, studying both performance and pedagogy. While there, he conducted a volunteer choir at the Johns Hopkins Hospital and performed regularly in the professional choruses of Lyric Opera of Baltimore, Baltimore Concert Opera, and Washington National Opera. He is an adjunct voice faculty member at Olympic College in Bremerton, WA where he teaches applied voice and assists the opera productions. Recently, Andrew was proud to be a part of The ®evolution of Steve Jobs at Seattle Opera, a tenor soloist for Bremerton Symphony's December concerts, and in Willy & Fred – a new Opera by Linda Kitchen.

Barry Johnson - Barone Douphol - Barry Johnson (baritone) was seen recently as Steve Hubbell in Vashon Opera's production of A Streetcar Named Desire. Other roles with Vashon Opera include the Speaker of the Temple in Vashon Opera's production of The Magic Flute. The Sacristan in Tosca, Doctor Dulcamara in The Elixir of Love, Il Bailli in Werther and Frank in Die Fledermaus. He is sought after 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, Sacristan in Tosca, 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 Bohème, Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel, Rossini’s Le Comte Ory, Lehar’s The Merry Widow, Bernstein’s Trouble in Tahiti, Puccini’s Tosca, Bizet’s La Tragédie de Carmen, Menotti’s The Telephone, Bizet’s Dr. Miracle and Pasatieri’s La Divina.

Hugh Davis - Marchese d'Obigny - Hugh Davis is a dedicated young baritone aspiring to make a career in both art song and opera. Hugh graduated from Vashon High School in 2017 where he was active in the musical theater program. That same year he placed second nationally in the National Association of Teachers of Singing Competition held in Boulder CO and also won second prize in the Schmidt Competition at the University of Washington. In 2019 he won the Young Artist Award at the Orange County Lyric Opera High Note Competition and was a semi-finalist in the James Toland Vocal Arts Competition. He has studied voice under Prof. Cesar Ulloa of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and Prof. William McGraw of The Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. He is currently studying at Pacific Lutheran University under Holly Boaz. Hugh has just finished attending his second consecutive year at the summer art song program Songfest where he's performed in Schubert masterclasses and concerts curated by Graham Johnson, one of the world's leading experts in art song. He has also just finished performing in Pacific Lutheran University's production of The Pirates of Penzance as the Pirate King, directed by Prof. Barry Johnson. In PLU’s fall opera he will sing the Forester in Leoš Janáček's opera The Cunning Little Vixen, directed by Prof. James Brown. Hugh has previously performed with Vashon Opera in both the 2016 production of Dialogues of the Carmelites as Thierry and the 2017 production of Tosca as the jailer.

Charles Robert Austin - Dottore Grenvil - Charles Robert Austin (bass-baritone) has been described by critics as a "possessor of a strikingly beautiful voice" and "completely commanding on stage". He was recently seen singing the role of Sarastro in Vashon Opera's production of The Magic Flute. Other roles with Vashon Opera include Raimondo Bidebent in the 2017 production of Lucia di Lammermoor and Don Alfonso in the 2012 production of Così fan tutte. On the operatic stage his successes include returns to the Metropolitan Opera, LA Opera, Cleveland Opera, Pittsburgh Opera, Virginia Opera, Madison Opera, Michigan Opera Theater, Canadian Opera Company, and Opera Pacific portraying such roles as King Mark, Rocco, Duke Bluebeard, Daland, King Henry the Fowler, Wotan, Figaro, Sarastro and Hunding. He created the role of King Hrothgar for the world premiere of Grendel for LA Opera. Recent concert performances include Walton’s Belshazzar’s Feast with the Seattle Symphony and Canton Symphony; Mozart’s Requiem with the Cleveland Orchestra; Bach’s Mass in B Minor and Bartok’s Duke Bluebeard’s Castle with the Seattle Symphony Orchestra; Handel’s Messiah with the San Diego Symphony; a Wagner gala evening with the Canton Symphony Orchestra; Berlioz's Romeo et Juliette with the Louisville Orchestra; Verdi’s Requiem with the Dayton Philharmonic. His recordings include, for Naxos - Peter Ibbetson, The Execution of Stepan Razin, Merry Mount, for Milken Archives - The Eternal Road, for Chandos - The Consul, for Phillips - Tosca, and for Arabesque - La Fedelta Premiata.

Joshua Carlisle - Giuseppe - Joshua Carlisle (tenor) returns to Vashon Opera after singing the role of Collector in the 2019 production of A Streetcar Named Desire. Josh is a Senior Vocal Performance major at Pacific Lutheran University. At PLU, he has performed in several successful productions, playing such roles as Basilio in Le Nozze di Figaro, First Sailor in Dido and Aeneas, and Three Stars in Fiery Jade: Cai Yan, a debut opera by Pacific Northwest composer Gregory Youtz.

Rick Turner - Flora's servant - Rick Turner (baritone) is delighted and honored to be involved in his eighth Vashon Opera production, after appearing in the chorus of Pagliacci Palooza, Lucia di Lammermoor, The Magic Flute, and La Bohème, and as the Doctor and a chorus member in Dialogues of the Carmelites. Rick also portrayed Pablo Gonzales in A Streetcar Named Desire and Sciarrone in Tosca. An eight-year resident of the island, he has sung in numerous stage musicals here in the northwest as well as in Arizona; some of his favorites have been The Music Man, Damn Yankees, Oklahoma, and Once Upon a Mattress. Rick has also freelanced as an actor and voice talent over the past 25 years, appearing in the TV series Z Nation, Northern Exposure, Grimm, and Leverage, and has had the good fortune to work onscreen with the likes of Robert DeNiro, Melissa Leo and Darren Burrows.

Brandon Hell - Commissioner - Brandon Hell (baritone) returns to Vashon Opera after singing the roles of Second Armored Man & Second Priest in the 2018 production of The Magic Flute. Previously he made his operatic debut in Vashon Opera's 2017 production of Lucia di Lammermoor by Donizetti. He was most recently seen as Vicomte Cascada in Franz Lehár’s The Merry Widow at Tacoma Opera. Other recent credits include Billy Rogers in Tacoma Life Center’s Coming Home (2017) and Stewart in the previous year’s The Christmas Key (2016). Mr. Hell holds a B.M. in Vocal Performance from Pacific Lutheran University. While attending undergrad, Mr. Hell appeared as a member of the evangelist quartet in Sven-David Sandström’s St. Matthew Passion (2016), the Baker in Into the Woods (2015) and portrayed King Herod in A PLU Christmas (2014). In addition to stage work, Mr. Hell has performed on KING 5’s New Day Northwest and sung for KIRO Radio’s Holiday Magic. Some even earlier credits include Enjolras in Les Misérables, Fred Casely in Chicago, Munkustrap in CATS and Billy Lawlor in 42nd Street, all performed with The Hi-Liners, a musical theatre company in Burien that offers invaluable stage experience to young performers. Mr. Hell would like to thank his incredible parents for their never-ending support and love.

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 A Streetcar Named Desire, La Bohème, 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 La Bohème with Pacific Northwest Opera and conductor for Le Nozze di Figaro 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 Traviata with Vashon Opera, Boito's Mefistofele with Pacific Northwest Opera, and The Cunning Little Vixen with PLU Opera.

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 A Streetcar Named DesireThe Magic Flute, La Bohème (2009 & 2018), 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 La Bohème, 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.