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Our Mission

Vashon Opera’s mission is to enrich our community through the creation of opera in intimate settings.

The History

The Vashon Opera was founded in November, 2008 by a small collection of opera lovers who know opera can thrive on Vashon. The process began then to incorporate as a 501(c)(3) non-for-profit organization. La Bohème was chosen as their first production due to the members’ desire to perform the famed Puccini opera. That desire is now a reality with the 2009-2010 inaugural season and 501(c)(3) status was granted by the IRS in March 2009.

About Us

Jennifer Krikawa, Artistic Director

Krikawa arrived on Vashon Island with her husband, Andy, and their two kids in the fall of 2004. “We left New York to find a quiet place to raise our children,” she says. “We just landed in the most wonderful place by chance.”

Back East, Krikawa, a soprano, sang for several opera companies including the New York City Opera, Virginia Opera, and Connecticut Opera. She appeared on the stage of the famed Carnegie Hall as a soloist for Francisco Scarlatti’s Dixit Dominus, Vaughan Williams’ Benedicite and Francis Poulenc’s Gloria.

On island, she quickly enmeshed herself with Vashon’s vibrant music scene, notably her church choir and then the Vashon Island Chorale. She sang The Magic Flute, produced by Elizabeth Nye, at the Vashon Island Methodist Church in 2006. Later she performed a recital, selling it out with all proceeds benefiting the Vashon Island Chorale.

She has since sung at many sold out events. “We realized that the community is really interested in opera at a local level,” she notes. “We felt we were ready to take on the work and care that an opera company would need and we felt the community was behind us.” Thus, the Vashon Opera Company is born.

Andrew Krikawa

Andrew Krikawa is a baritone who has performed for a bevy of opera companies including Pittsburgh Opera, Virginia Opera, Opera Festival of New Jersey, and Connecticut Opera. Career highlights include playing the role of Albert in Pittsburgh Opera’s production of Jules Massenet’s Werther and performing in Mozart’s Cosi Fan Tutte with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s.

Performers During 2009-2010 Season

Other performers in the inaugural season includes Vashon residents Evan Stults and Elizabeth Ripley, as well as Karl Reyes, Michael Dunlap, Jonathan Silvia, David Stutz, Cliff Watson, Wesley Rogers, and Gary Cannon. These Northwest performers have been in productions done by Seattle Opera, Tacoma Opera, Bellevue Opera, Skagit Opera, Lyric Opera Northwest, and the Gilbert and Sullivan Society.

Vashon Opera Board Members

Bud Floyd, President
Mary Fran Lyons, Secretary
Leslie McIntosh, Treasurer