Artists and Production

Andrew Krikawa - Eugene Onegin - Andrew Krikawa (Baritone) moved to Vashon Island from New York City nearly seven years ago. 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.  Mr. Krikawa helped found Vashon Opera and participates in much of the day to day work for the company.  He was seen in the Vashon Opera productions of La Bohème as Marcello, The Tender Land as Top, and The Barber of Seville as Figaro.

Anthony Kalil - Lensky - Anthony Kalil (Tenor) sang in his first opera at the age of 17, singing the role of Thomas in Gilbert and Sullivan’s Iolanthe at Interlochen Center for The Arts. In 2000, he began studying at Wartburg College in Waverly, IA, where he studied Vocal Performance and Math Education. In 2002, he left Wartburg College and began a career in the Paint Industry, and has continued in this vocation ever since. In the summer of 2009, Anthony resumed his vocal studies in Yakima, WA.  In October of 2009, Anthony took first place in the Spokane, WA NATS Competition. Since then, Anthony has performed with many opera groups across the Northwest as well as several Orchestra’s, performing roles such as, Rodolfo in Puccini’s La Bohème, Cavaradossi in Puccini’s Tosca, The Count of Lerma in Verdi’s Don Carlo, Gabriel Von Eisenstein in Strauss’s Die Fledermaus, Canio in Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci, and performed his first Messiah with the Federal Way Symphony at Town Hall in Seattle. In 2011, Anthony has several roles planned including, Pinkerton in Puccini’s Madame Butterfly, and Duke of Mantua in Verdi’s Rigoletto. In 2010, Anthony entered the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, and took first prize in the first round and the award for Audience Favorite. In January of 2011, Anthony took second place in the Regional round of the MONC, and once again took the award for Audience Favorite. In 2011 Anthony once again took part in the MONC, and took first place in both the District and Regional levels, and once again took Audience Favorite at both levels. Anthony has been invited to the Lindemann Young Artist Development Program at The Metropolitan Opera next year.  

Jennifer Krikawa - Tatyana - 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 (Cosí Fan Tutte), Mimi (La Bohème), Musetta (La Bohème), Micaela (Carmen), Gretel (Hansel und Gretel), Pamina (Die Zauberflöte), 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 and has appeared at Benaroya Hall as soloist in Mozart's Requiem. 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 five years and cantors at St. John Vianney Church.

Cynthia Cook - Olga - Cynthia Cook (Mezzo-soprano) recently graduated from The Academy of Vocal Arts. During her residency there she has performed a number of roles including Adalgisa in Bellini's Norma, Meg Page in Verdi's Falstaff, and Dorabella in Mozart's Cosi fan tutte. She has performed roles in German, Czech and Russian as well. Her Clairon in Capriccio was well received in February 2010 as well as Adelaide in Arabella in 2011. "Cynthia Cook's Clairon laces her diva with vamp and she [and Jan Cornelius] are more than vocal matches for the men". In the Spring of 2011 she added the role of Zerlina in Mozart's Don Giovanni to her repertoire.
Ms. Cook made her concert debut in July of 2010 singing with The Hartford Symphony as well as her Merkin Hall debut singing Bunhilde in The Merry Nibelungen in October of 2010. In the Fall of 2011 she debuted with Annapolis Opera performing in their Shakespeare in Love concert. Cynthia's voice has been described as a "warm and confident sound" with a "throbbing vibrato that is impressive and beautiful".

Ms. Cook has also won an Encouragement Award with The Gerda Lissner Competition as well as The Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation. In the Spring of 2011 she was a semi-finalist for the Loren L. Zachary Competition as well as the Belvedere Competition in Vienna, Austria.

In the summer of 2012 she will join The Santa Fe Opera Apprentice Program covering Particia Bardon as Calbo in Rossini's Maometto II. She will also be covering Victoria Livengood's Adelaide in Strauss' Arabella. Cynthia is joining Florida Grand Opera for their 2012-2013 season as Second Lady in Die Zauberflöte and Teresa in La Sonnambula. Cynthia Cook, a native of Portland, Maine, graduated Magna cum laude with a BM in Vocal Performance at The University of Hartford.

Beth Madsen Bradford - Filipyevna - Beth Madsen Bradford (Mezzo-soprano) has been praised by critics for her “lovely, vibrant tone” and “gutsy” performances. Roles include Carmen (Carmen), Eboli (Don Carlo), The Witch (Hänsel und Gretel), Zita (Gianni Schicchi), Mrs. Peachum (The Beggar’s Opera), Marcellina (Le Nozze di Figaro), The Old Lady (Candide), Tisbe (La Cenerentola), Berta (Il Barbiere di Siviglia), Phoebe (Yeomen of the Guard), Little Buttercup (H.M.S. Pinafore), Ruth (Pirates of Penzance) and Dame Hannah (Ruddigore). Favorite concert credits include Verdi’s Requiem, Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, Haydn’s Mass in Time of War, Mozart's Requiem, Bach’s Magnificat and St. John Passion, Beethoven's Missa Solemnis, and Handel's Messiah. Beth has appeared with Portland Opera, Tacoma Opera, Skagit Opera, Oregon Symphony, Aspen Opera Theater, Juneau Symphony, Portland Chamber Orchestra, Walla Walla Symphony, Opera Theater Oregon, and Des Moines Metro Opera, among others. Originally from Mt. Vernon, Washington, she now resides in Portland with her husband, Tyler, and their son, Nathaniel.

Nerys Jones - Madame Larina - Nerys Jones (Mezzo-soprano) was born and educated in Mid Wales and studied at both the Royal Scottish Academy and Guildhall schools of music and drama.
Early soprano roles include Karolka (Jenufa) and Marzelline (Fidelio) for Scottish Opera with the American director Stephen Wadsworth and Norina (Don Pasquale) with Welsh National Opera on the BP Tour. In 1994 she joined English National Opera where she remained a company mezzo-soprano for six seasons, roles including Cherubino, Despina, Zerlina, Second Lady, Melissa (Princess Ida), Bird (Blond Eckbert), Proserpina (Orfeo), Flora (La Traviata), Pitti Sing (Mikado), Mercédès (Carmen), Nursing Sister (Suor Angelica), Rosette (Manon), Kitchen Boy (Rusalka), Hansel (Hansel and Gretel), Flower Maiden and Second Squire (Parsifal), and Sister Mathilde (Dialogues des Carmélites). She has performed with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, the Scottish Early Music Consort and the National Youth Orchestra of Wales at the National Eisteddfod. Recitals include the North Wales Music Festival with the pianist Malcolm Martineau, and a celebration concert for the composer, Geoffrey Bush, at St John’s Smith Square, London. Other appearances include Cherubino, Rosina and Dorabella for Grange Park Opera, Dryad in a concert performance of Ariadne auf Naxos at the Barbican Concert Hall conducted by the late Richard Hickox, Lisetta (Il Mondo della Luna) and Pippo (La Gazza Ladra) at Garsington, Stewardess (Flight) with Reisopera in Holland, Vlaamse Opera and the Adelaide Festival. The title role La Cenerentola for Opera Zuid and Pitti Sing (The Mikado) for La Fenice in Venice. Hansel with Reisopera in Holland and Prince Charmant in Cendrillion for Puget Sound Concert Opera and understudied at the Seattle Opera on their World Premier piece “Amelia”. Nerys lives in Seattle with her husband and two daughters Celyn and Mali.

Charles Robert Stephens - Prince Gremin - Charles Robert Stephens (Baritone) has enjoyed a career spanning a wide variety of roles and styles in opera and concert music. His performances have shown “a committed characterization and a voice of considerable beauty.” (Opera News, 1995) At the New York City Opera he sang the role of Professor Friedrich Bhaer in the New York premiere of Adamo’s Little Women, and was hailed by the New York Times as a “baritone of smooth distinction.” Other New York City Opera roles since his debut as Marcello in 1995 include Frank in Die Tote Stadt, Sharpless in Madame Butterfly, and Germont in La Traviata. He has sung on numerous occasions at Carnegie Hall in a variety of roles with Opera Orchestra of New York, the Oratorio Society of New York, the Masterworks Chorus, and Musica Sacra.
In his twenty years in New York City Mr. Stephens has sung as guest soloist with most of New York’s premiere ensembles including Sacred Music in a Sacred Space, Ascension Music, L’Opera Francais de New York, Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Next Wave Festival, and many others. Now based in Seattle he has sung with Seattle Symphony, Tacoma and Spokane Symphony and Opera Companies, Portland Chamber Orchestra and many other the orchestras and opera companies in the Pacific Northwest. He joins the roster of Seattle Opera in 2010 for the premiere of Amelia by Daron Hagen.
Upcoming performances include two concerts with Stephen Stubbs: Handel’s Esther and Monteverdi Vespers a return engagement with Seattle Symphony in “Opera Festival,” a debut with Boston Early Music Festival in Steffani's Niobe, Queen of Thebes and a return engagement with the American Classical Orchestra as Jesus in Bach's St. Matthew Passion at St. John the Divine in NYC. Locally he sings Carmina Burana, Handel’s Alexander’s Feast, Vaughan Williams Five Mystical Songs and Sharpless in Madama Butterfly.

Glenn Guhr - Zaretsky - Glenn Guhr (baritone) is equally at home in everything from Shakespeare to Sondheim and Monteverdi to Verdi, and has always prided himself on his versatility. He has appeared in operas, operettas, musicals, plays, and film with the Pacific Northwest Ballet, Seattle Opera, Seattle Early Music Guild, Civic Light Opera, Tacoma Opera, Bellevue Opera, Lakewood Playhouse, The St. Louis Shakespeare Company, Theatre Factory St. Louis and others in such roles as Gianni Schicchi, Sweeney Todd, Papageno (The Magic Flute), Rodrigo (Don Carlo), Ford (Falstaff), Germont (La Traviata), Guglielmo (Così fan tutte), Grosvenor (Patience), and Fred Graham/Petruchio (Kiss Me, Kate).

In addition to his stage roles, Mr. Guhr appears frequently in recital and concert in the Pacific Northwest, performing with the Walla Walla Symphony, the Bellevue Philharmonic, Orchestra Seattle/Seattle Chamber Singers, the Seattle Choral Company, the Everett Symphony, the Port Angeles Symphony, the Seattle Philharmonic and others.

Mr. Guhr received a BA in music from Tabor College and an MM in Music History from Kansas State University. He also completed course work towards a PhD in Musicology at Washington University in St. Louis before turning his full attention to performance. In 2002, he finished a DMA in Vocal Performance at the University of Washington, where he studied with the late Julian Patrick. He is currently on the faculty of Pacific Lutheran University.

Kevin Joyce - Triquet - Kevin Joyce is a singer/songwriter, actor, writer and director. Trained as a vocalist, he is a founding member of the University of Salamanca Chamber Choir (Spain), with whom he toured Europe as a soloist. Kevin composed, directed and performed vocal music scores for 10 productions with UMO Ensemble, a Vashon-based theater company. From 2000-06, he performed and directed with Teatro Zinzanni, singing alongside Joan Baez, among many others. He co-composed and starred in Rain City Rollers, a musical based on the 1936 Roller Derby, directed by Nikki Appino, and his award-winning solo musical monologue, A Pale and Lovely Place, created in 1996, was recently re-mounted in Seattle. Critics called the show “hilariously entertaining”. Since 2003, Kevin has run EnJoy Productions with his wife Martha Enson. EnJoy creates customized shows for large-scale special events, combining theater, specialized skill acts, music, comedy and visual entertainment. An avid singer/songwriter, his CD Say It features an all-star list of collaborating musicians, including Francine Reed, Stu Hamm, Eyvind Kang, and Hans Teuber and is available on iTunes. Kevin performs his original music in local venues and house concerts, much of which is satirical and inappropriate for family audiences, unless they are families who are OK with inappropriate material. Kevin and Martha have a 9 year old daughter, and have lived on Vashon for 22 years. A huge fan and admirer of Vashon Opera, Kevin is thrilled to be part of this production.

James Brown - Conductor, Stage Director, Orchestral Arranger, - Jim Brown enjoys an eclectic career of singing, teaching, stage direction, conducting and composing. His work has been seen recently at Vashon Opera in Il Barbiere di Siviglia (stage director, conductor and arranger) and Madama Butterfly (stage director). Other recent productions as stage director include Handel’s Semele (PLU Opera), La Bohème  (Bellevue Opera) and Sweeney Todd (Lakewood Playhouse). Upcoming productions for James include Francesca Caccini’s La liberazione di Ruggiero dall'isola d'Alcina (producer) for Cornish School of the Arts and Eugene Onegin for Vashon Opera (conductor and arranger).

As a singer, Jim has distinguished himself on the opera and concert stage. The tenor has appeared with Seattle’s world-renowned community of early music specialists in concerts and operas at Seattle’s Town Hall, St. James Cathedral, Intiman Theatre and the Moore Theatre. At the Moore Theatre, Jim performed with Tony award winners Handspring Puppet Company and celebrated artist William Kentridge. Jim has appeared as concert soloist at the Aspen Music Festival, Ravinia Festival and Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall. He will sing the tenor solos in upcoming 2011 Messiah with the Tacoma Symphony under the baton of Geoffrey Boers. Jim has sung with New Orleans Opera, New York City Opera, Opera Company of Philadelphia, Rogue Opera, Skylight Opera Theatre and Tulsa Opera.
He is the Chair of Vocal Studies at Pacific Lutheran University where he directs the opera and oversees a large voice program. Jim holds degrees from Loyola University/New Orleans, The Juilliard School and the State University of New York at Stony Brook.

Charlotte M. Tiencken - Director - Charlotte M. Tiencken is an Arts Administrator, Director, Producer and Educator who has been working in the producing and presenting fields for over 25 years. Currently, she is Managing Director at Book-It Repertory Theatre in Seattle, WA. Prior to moving back to the Seattle area in September of 2003, she was General Manager at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival in Massachusetts for four seasons. She has also worked at the Broadway Center for the Performing Arts in Tacoma, WA, Tacoma Little Theatre, Tacoma Actors Guild, The Evergreen State College, The Arkansas Arts Council, Arkansas Children’s Theatre, Spirit Square Center for the Arts in Charlotte, NC, and the Alabama Shakespeare Festival. She has directed or produced over 100 productions. Tiencken is a member of the Association of Performing Arts Presenters, the Western Alliance of Arts Administrators, Theatre Communications Group and the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers and is past President of the Board of Arts Northwest, the presenting service organization for Washington, Idaho and Oregon. She has served on the board of the Pat Graney Dance Company and on granting panels for the Washington State Arts Commission. She most recently completed her term on the Board of Theatre Puget Sound, a regional service organization for theatres in the Puget Sound area. She received her MFA from The University of Texas at Austin and is a member of the faculty at Lesley University in Cambridge, MA. She lives on Vashon with her husband, Bill, two dogs and three cats.