Artists and Production

Jennifer Krikawa - Mimì - Jennifer Krikawa (Soprano) 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 most performed roles include: Fiordiligi (Cosi Fan Tutte), Mimi (La Boheme), Musetta (La Boheme), Micaela (Carmen), Gretel (Hansel Und Gretel), Pamina (Die Zauberflote), Susannah (Susannah), Frasquita (Carmen), Antonia (Les Contes d'Hoffman),and Yum Yum (The Mikado). Mrs. Krikawa has appeared at Carnegie Hall as the soprano soloist for Scarlatti's Dixit Dominus, Vaughan William's Benedicite, and Poulenc's Gloria. Her concert repertoire also includes the soprano soloist for Handel's Messiah, the Brahms Requiem, Pierrot Lunaire, The Mirabai Songs, Knoxville: Summer of 1915, and numerous operatic gala concerts with orchestras such as: Connecticut Grand Opera Orchestra, The Westfield Symphony of New Jersey, Raleigh Durham Symphony Orchestra, and The Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra. She pursued contemporary music studies at The Banff Centre for the Arts and she holds a Masters 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. Jennifer has been seen as a soloist with The Vashon Island Chorale for the past three years and cantors at St. John Vianney Church.

Karl Reyes - Rodolfo - Karl Marx Reyes (Rodolfo) is ecstatic to be a part of Vashon Opera’s maiden production of La Boheme. The Filipino-American tenor immigrated to Seattle in 1989 and fell in love with opera and western music. He is currently performing as a soloist throughout the Pacific Northwest with Tacoma, Bellevue, Skagit and Seattle Opera. He recently made his Seattle Opera debut as The Messenger in Giuseppe Verdi's Aida where Opera News hailed his performance as “excellently sung & totally superior to the production”. An avid performer, he has appeared in as El Remendado in Bizet's Carmen, Pedrillo in Mozart's The Abduction from the Seraglio, Yakuside in Puccini's Madama Butterfly and the First Prisoner in Beethoven's Fidelio. His repertoire also includes comic characters like Orpheus & John Styx in Orphée aux enfers, The Cannibal in Robinson Crusoe, the Four Valets in Tales of Hoffman by Offenbach and a Contadino in Leoncavallo's Pagliacci. Equally comfortable in the realm of Musical Theater, he played in Seattle Musical Theater’s The King and I, Sandy Dean in Brigadoon and The Impresario in Hans Christian Anderson for Shoreline Musical Theater. He recently recorded two operas by Tacoma composer Arturo Mineo, the title role in Tarisio and Dominick in Sylvia. Upcoming engagements in the Pacific Northwest will be Goro in Puccini's Madama Butterfly for Skagit Opera and a Vassal in Wagner's Gotterdammerung in Der Ring des Nibelungen at Seattle Opera.

Andrew Krikawa - Marcello - Andrew Krikawa (Baritone) moved to Vashon Island from New York City nearly five years ago with his wife Jennifer and two children. 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 (Cosí fan tutte). Career highlights have also included appearances with Pittsburgh Opera as Abert in Werther and performances of Cosí 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.

Elizabeth Ripley - Musetta and Director - Elizabeth Ripley (Director) Recent Directorial credits include Drama Dock's The Importance of Being Earnest, the world premiere of a new play by Oren Ashkenazi: Empress of the Waves; Genesis: The Mary Shelley Play; and Bloody Poetry. Musical Direction includes SPSCC's WORKING! and A Shakespeare Cabaret for the Blue Heron. Elizabeth's favorite roles include Off Off Broadway's Cynara; The Queen of the Night in The Magic Flute; her one woman show, My Own True Love: A Weill Cabaret; Cunegonde in Candide; Bastienna in Clay Martin Puppet Theatre's Bastienne and Bastienna-- and those nine seasons with Seattle Opera. A Vashon resident for 17 years, Elizabeth is a Meisner Acting Technique Teacher and PNW Representative for The Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre in NYC. She is also a voice and singing teacher. Elizabeth is a regular performer at Burlesque Behind the Pink Door in Seattle. Upcoming projects include Evenings of Opera starting in January, on Mondays at the Pink Door; Directing Ben and Becca's Playhouse; An Evening of Irreverence, also in January, in Olympia; and Honk: The Musical, for Drama Dock in the spring of '09. Elizabeth is absolutely delighted to have the opportunity to help bring opera to Vashon!

Michael Dunlap - Colline - Michael is originally from Pasadena, California where he first learned to play the viola. He studied composition at Western Washington University with Roger Briggs where he focused mainly on instrumental music. After college he started singing more, performing roles in musical theater and singing in choirs. Michael now performs regularly with Seattle Opera and has appeared in other local venues such as Northwest Opera in the Schools, Seattle Opera Guild Previews and most notably as Dr. Bartolo in The Barber of Seville for Tacoma Opera and Colline in La Bohème for Kitsap Opera. As a composer and conductor, he premiered his setting of Psalm 8 for chorus and piano at Peace Lutheran Church in February 2009.

Cliff Watson - Schaunard - Cliff Watson, bass-baritone, performs in opera, musical theatre, puppet theatre, concerts and recitals. Some of Cliff’s recent roles include Frank in Die Fledermaus (Seattle G&S); Alcindoro in La Boheme (Skagit Opera); Papageno in The Magic Flute (Bellevue Opera); the Dog in Brundibar (Music of Remembrance); Sgt. Patrick in Sacagawea (Village Theatre); Sarastro in Magic Flute (Lake Chelan Bach Fest); in Side by Side by Sondheim, and as Lord Evelyn Oakleigh in Anything Goes with Second Story Rep; performing jazz standards and commercials in an old time radio show with Seattle’s Pontiac Bay Symphony Orchestra; Don Magnifico in Rossini’s Cinderella (Bellevue Opera); Dick Deadeye in HMS Pinafore, and the Sergeant of Police in Pirates of Penzance, with both Seattle G&S and Skagit Opera; and Dwight in John Duffy’s contemporary opera Black Water with Off-Center Opera – where he also stepped in to sing the challenging role of the Senator on 3 hours’ notice, only the 3rd person to ever perform the role. This is Cliff’s first performance with Vashon Opera. Cliff lives in Bellevue with his wife – and frequent accompanist – Lili, and their daughters Anabel and Saffi.

Jonathan Silvia - Benoit, Alcindoro - Recent opera credits for Jonathan Silvia include the title role in Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro with Kitsap Opera, Barone Douphol and Dottore Grenvil in Verdi’s Traviata with Skagit Opera and Lyric Opera Northwest respectively, and Sam in Bernstein’s Trouble in Tahiti with the Tacoma Opera Young Artist Showcase. His Bellevue Opera performances include Luther/Crespel in Offenbach’s Tales of Hoffmann, Alidoro in Massenet’s Cenerentola and Colline in Puccini’s Bohème. A regular member of the Seattle Opera Chorus, he most recently performed in Bizet’s Pearl Fishers and Mozart's Marriage of Figaro. Other professional choral work includes the Annas Bay Music Festival and two seasons with the Santa Fe Desert Chorale. He will be playing the Marchese in Seattle Opera’s production of La Traviata in October of 2009.

Evan Stults - Musical Director, Pianist, Orchestration - Evan Stults is an accomplished vocal accompanist whose experience encompasses opera, musical theatre, choral music, recital, and cabaret. On Vashon, Evan accompanied Jennifer and Andy Krikawa in the “Magic Flute” (2006) and 2007’s recital of opera scenes. Since 1986, Evan has been the principal accompanist for the Seattle Men’s Chorus, the largest community chorus in America. He has played for the Seattle Opera and Seattle’s Fifth Avenue Theatre, toured the US and Canada for Columbia Artists and the Community Concerts Association, and played for over 40 musicals in stock, professional and community theatre, and off-Broadway. Evan’s accompanying career includes several international tours plus 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, Megan Mullally, 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 has lived on Vashon Island since 2002 with his partner Joe Farmer.