Artists and Production

Noah Baetge - Cavaradossi - Tenor Noah Baetge makes his Vashon Opera debut as Cavaradossi in the current production of Tosca. A frequent artist with the Metropolitan Opera, Mr. Baetge's 2016–2017 MET responsibilities included performing the roles of the High Priest in Idomeneo, First Armored Man in Die Zauberflöte, and Third Jew in Salome, as well as covering Melot in a new production of Tristan und Isolde and the title role of Idomeneo. Additional highlights of his MET tenure include performances as Walther von der Vogelweide in Tannhäuser, Malcolm in Macbeth, and the Officer in Ariadne auf Naxos. In the summer of 2017 Mr. Baetge made his debut with the Princeton Festival as Florestan in Fidelio, and in February 2018 he joins the roster of Dallas Opera to cover the leading tenor role of Wilhelm in Korngold's rarely performed domestic comedy Der Ring des Polykrates. Mr. Baetge has also joined the rosters of the Santa Fe Opera as Florestan in Fidelio, the Opera Orchestra of New York as Arvino in Verdi's I Lombardi alla prima crociata, the Caramoor Festival as the Chevalier de la Force in Dialogues des Carmélites, the Royal Herald in Don Carlos, Henri in Verdi's Les vêpres siciliennes, and Baldassare in the American premiere of Rossini's early opera Ciro in Babilonia. In the summer of 2016 Mr. Baetge made his role debut as Manrico in Il trovatore with New Rochelle Opera. A 2009 Grant Finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, Mr. Baetge has gained both the first prize and the Upcoming Wagner Singer prize in the Gerda Lissner Foundation Vocal Competition, the Kirsten Flagstad top prize in the George London Foundation Vocal Competition, and prizes from the Liederkranz Foundation, Licia Albanese–Puccini Foundation, and the Loren L. Zachary Foundation.

Jennifer Krikawa - Tosca - Jennifer Krikawa (soprano) was seen recently singing the role of Nedda in Vashon Opera's production of Pagliacci Palooza. 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) 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 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. Upcoming Ms. Krikawa will perform as a soloist for St. John Vianney's concert Tenebrae: Prayer in Song.

Joshua Conyers - Scarpia - Baritone Joshua Conyers continues to forge a career that embraces a wide variety of operatic styles and languages while focusing on the works of Verdi and Puccini. Mr. Conyers' Verdian and Puccinian repertoire includes the roles of Giorgio Germont in La traviata, the title role of Falstaff, Marcello in La bohème, Scarpia in Tosca, and the Mandarin in Turandot with companies such as Utah Festival Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera, Piedmont Opera, and Indiana University Opera and Ballet Theater. The current production of Tosca marks Mr. Conyers' Vashon Opera debut. Mr. Conyers has also ventured into opera of the 17th century (Aeneas in Dido and Aeneas at the Indiana University Early Music Institute) and 18th century (Buonafede in Haydn's Il mondo della luna and the title role of Don Giovanni). Active in contemporary opera as well, Mr. Conyers covered the roles of Mr. Umeya in the American premiere of Huang Ruo's Dr. Sun Yat-Sen and Walt Whitman in the world premiere of Theodore Morrison's Oscar, both with the Santa Fe Opera. In the oratorio and concert repertoire, Mr. Conyers has performed Bach's St. Matthew Passion (as Peter and Pilate) with the Utah Festival Opera, Handel's Messiah with the Mozart Club in Winston Salem (NC) and the Fayetteville Orchestra, Bach's Magnificat and Gleichwie der Regen und Schnee vom Himmel fällt (BWV 18), Brahms' Deutsches Requiem and Neues Liebesliederwalzer, Fauré's Requiem, and Vaughan Williams' Dona nobis pacem. Recently Mr. Conyers has performed Carmina Burana with the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and has appeared on Methodist University's Friends of Music Guest Artist Series 2016–2017. Mr. Conyers has fulfilled young artist residencies with the Santa Fe Opera, Palm Beach Opera, and the Glimmerglass Festival.

Anthony Webb - Spoletta - Praised by OPERA NEWS for his “fine comic flair and well-schooled voice,” tenor Anthony Webb is in demand throughout the United States for both opera and concert engagements. Recent highlights include his Carnegie Hall debut as Jack Prence in Merry Mount under the baton on Michael Christie, the role of Goro (Madama Butterfly) with Opera Colorado, and the tenor solo in Carmina Burana with the San Antonio Symphony. This year, Anthony sang the role of Judas in the U.S. premiere of Sven-David Sandström’s St. Matthew Passion at Pacific Lutheran University, joining a prestigious cast lead by Angela Meade. His current season also includes Beppe (I pagliacci) and Spoletta (Tosca) with Vashon Opera, Goro (Madama Butterfly) with Annapolis Opera and Pirelli (Sweeney Todd) with New Orleans Opera. His previous seasons have seen role debuts as Sam (Susannah) with St. Petersburg Opera, Mayor Upfold (Albert Herring) with Vashon Opera, and Count Almaviva (Il barbiere di Siviglia) with Crested Butte Music Festival. Anthony also appeared as Harold “Mitch” Mitchell (A Streetcar Named Desire) with Union Avenue Opera, and Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni) with Union Avenue Opera and Tacoma Opera. His 2013-14 season began with Little Opera Theater of New York’s revival of Gluck’s The Reformed Drunkard. THE NEW YORK TIMES declared, “the strongest impression was made by Anthony Webb, a nimble tenor, as Mathurin ... an agile comedian.” A native of Spanaway, Washington, Anthony holds a Master’s Degree from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, and a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Pacific Lutheran University.

Barry Johnson - Sacristan - Barry Johnson (baritone) was seen recently as Doctor Dulcamara in Vashon Opera's production of The Elixir of Love, 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.

Konstantin Kvach - Angelotti - Konstantin Kvach (bass) was recently seen as Il Commendatore in Vashon Opera's production of Don Giovanni. Born in Russia, Mr. Kvach is greatly admired for his versatility, having both the bel canto technique to sing Handel, Mozart, Rossini, as well as the power to handle the dramatic roles of Verdi and Puccini. He has performed internationally in Germany, Baltic States and as a featured soloist with the Prague Symphony at Dvořak Hall and Jablonec Municipal Theatre in the Czech Republic. Nationally, he performed with Portland Opera, Washington East Opera, Opera Idaho, Vashon Opera, Opera Coeur d’Alene, Vancouver Opera, PSU Opera, the Oregon Symphony, Southwest Washington Symphony, Newport Symphony, Northwest Chamber Orchestra, Portland Baroque Orchestra, Oregon Pro Arte Orchestra, Central Oregon Symphony, Lower Columbia Symphonic Band, Bravo!Vancouver, among others. Mr. Kvach is a regular guest artist at the Astoria Music Festival, Northwest Performing Arts, Portland SummerFest and Bel Canto Northwest. Roles include Judge in Orphèe, Soldier in Salome, Raimondo in Lucia di Lammermoor, Sparafucile in Rigoletto, Grenvil in La Traviata, Prince Gremin in Eugene Onegin, Eutifronte in Der Stein der Weisen, Don Alfonso in Così fan tutte, Colline in La Bohème, Simone in Gianni Schicchi, Pistola in Falstaff, Bartolo in Le Nozze di Figaro, Basilio in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Sarastro in Die Zauberflöte, Alidoro in La Cenerentola, Commendatore in Don Giovanni, Superintendent Budd in Albert Herring, among others. Recordings include the critically acclaimed world premiere recording of Philip Glass’s opera Orphée on Orange Mountain Music, and Veljo Tormis’s On American Shores on Clarion.

Rick Turner - Sciarrone - Rick Turner (baritone) is delighted and honored to be involved in his third Vashon Opera production, after appearing in the chorus of Pagliacci Palooza, and as the Doctor and a chorus member in Dialogues of the Carmelites.  A six-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 appear onscreen with the likes of Robert DeNiro, Melissa Leo and Darren Burrows.

Alivia Jones - Shepherd - Alivia Jones (soprano), a junior at Vashon Island High School, has sung with Vashon Opera since 2009, appearing as a chorus member in La bohème, The Tender Land, Carmen, Cosi fan tutte, Werther, The Music Shop, and I Pagliacci. She sang her first principal role as Emmie in Albert Herring, and is honored by the chance to open the third act of Tosca. Alivia is also an active participant in youth and community theater, having appeared in The Sound of Music (Maria), Shrek The Musical (Princess Fiona), Annie (Miss Hannigan), Amahl and the Night Visitors (Amahl), Into the Woods (Milky White), The Music Man (Ethel Toffelmier), The Best Christmas Pageant Ever (Alice), and A Child’s Christmas in Wales (Jim), among others. She takes Japanese at her high school and hopes to someday put her language skills to use as a globe-trotting opera singer. In her spare time, Alivia takes voice lessons, plays the piano, reads voraciously, and goes to art galleries, museums, and concerts whenever the opportunity presents itself.

Hugh Davis - Jailer - Hugh Davis (baritone) is a senior at Vashon High School and a voice student of Holly Boaz. In 2016, he played the role of Billy Crocker in the Vashon High School Theatre production of Anything Goes and sang the role of Thierry in Vashon Opera’s Dialogues of the Carmelites. In the summer of 2016, he was chosen to attend the Westminster Choir College High School Solo Vocal Artist Intensive. In January 2017, he was the first place winner of the NATS Tahoma Chapter Student Auditions in both the Classical and Musical Theater divisions and will move on to the regional competition. In February 2017, Hugh won second prize at the Schmidt Vocal Competition in Seattle and was chosen to sing at the Met Opera Guild High School Opera Singer Intensive at Lincoln Center in New York City. Hugh plans to major in vocal performance in the fall.

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 Pagliacci Palooza, The Elixir of Love, Carmen, Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Così fan tutte, Die Fledermaus, Werther, Dialogues of the Carmelites 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 for James include conductor and stage director for Carmen with Pacific Northwest Opera (formerly Skagit Opera) and a world premiere opera, Fiery Jade- Cai Yan (Youtz) 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.

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, Dialogues of the Carmelites and Pagliacci Palooza. 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.

Joseph Farmer - Chorus Master - Joe Farmer has participated in many Vashon Opera productions including Die Fledermaus (Dr. Blind), Il tabarro (Venditore di Canzonetti), Gianni Schicchi (Pinellino), Eugene Onegin (chorus soloist), The Tender Land and The Music Shop (Ivan). He has acted as chorus master for Vashon Opera's productions of Dialogues des Carmélites, Pagliacci Palooza, The Elixir of Love, Die Fledermaus, Così fan tutte, Carmen, Madama Butterfly, Il tabarro and Don Giovanni. Joe has also performed the role of Frederick, the pirate apprentice, in Vashon’s Drama Dock production of Gilbert and Sullivan's, The Pirates of Penzance. In 2011, he was a countertenor participant in Pacific Musicwork’s, “Accademia d'Amore," a workshop focusing on the musical and dramatic aspects of early Baroque Opera. Joe has performed with Vashon Island Chorale, Illumni Men’s Chorale, the Seattle Men's Chorus, Philandros and The Esoterics. He has studied voice with Holly Boaz, Nancy Zylstra and Elizabeth Ripley.