Artists and Production

Anton Belov - Don Giovanni - The voice of Anton Belov (baritone) 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.

Jonathan Silvia - Leporello - Jonathan Silvia (bass-baritone) is a young singer who has been attracting notice with his distinct timbre, secure technique, fine musicianship, and incisive interpretative gifts. Nationally, he has appeared at Des Moines Metro Opera, singing the title role of Carlisle Floyd’s Markheim, and at Opera Tampa as Colline (La Bohème). For Seattle Opera, he has performed Luther (Tales of Hoffmann), the Imperial Commissioner (Madama Butterfly), the Second Armed Man (The Magic Flute), and the Marquis d'Obigny (La Traviata). Appearances with other Northwest opera companies include Colline (La Bohème) and Sam (Trouble in Tahiti) with Tacoma Opera, Figaro (Le Nozze di Figaro) with Kitsap Opera, Barone Douphol (La Traviata) with Skagit Opera, Zuniga (Carmen) and Basilio (Barber of Seville) with Vashon Opera, Fiesco (Simon Boccanegra) and Nilakantha (Lakmé) with Puget Sound Concert Opera, and Filippo (Don Carlo) and Alidoro in (La Cenerentola) with Bellevue Opera. With Music of Remembrance, he portrayed Death in Ullmann's Emperor of Atlantis to critical acclaim. In 2014, Mr. Silvia premiered The Lost Voice, a one-act children's opera composed by Aaron Grad. He also sang the title role in Britten’s Noye’s Fludde at Bellevue Presbyterian Church, where he is a resident soloist. He is a frequent concert artist, performing works such as the Brahms’ Requiem and Mendelssohn’s Elijah, and records regularly with the Byrd Ensemble. As an advocate for singing, he has performed with Northwest Opera In Schools, Etc. and teaches at Western Washington University. Mr. Silvia is a graduate of Lawrence University, Wisconsin, with a degree in Voice Performance and Pedagogy.

Konstantin Kvach - Il Commendatore - Born in Russia, Konstantin Kvach (bass) 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 Sinfonietta at Dvořak Hall and Jablonec Municipal Theatre in the Czech Republic. Nationally, he performed with Northwest Chamber Orchestra at Benaroya Hall in Seattle, and throughout the states with orchestras, opera companies and choral ensembles including Portland Opera, Washington East 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, Eutifronte in Der Stein der Weisen, Don Alfonso in Cosí 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, Gremin in Eugene Onegin, among others. Recordings include the critically acclaimed world premiere recording of Philip Glass’s Orphée on Orange Mountain Music, and Veljo Tormis’s On American Shores on Clarion.

Janeanne Houston - Donna Anna - Janeanne Houston (soprano) has been praised by the Seattle Times as a “radiant voiced and very communicative” singer, by Gramophone as “Unfailingly responsive and dedicated”, by Classical Voice of North Carolina as a “magnificent singer” with “a beautiful voice and stunning interpretive skills” and The Journal of Singing remarked “such praiseworthy singing” and “a flawless sense of style.” Her recent opera roles have been Elisabetta in Don Carlo, Countess Almaviva in Le Nozze di Figaro, Konstanze in Mozart’s Abduction from the Seraglio. Other recent performances include Beethoven’s 9th Symphony with Oregon Symphony, multiple performances of Verdi’s Requiem in the region, Messiah Festival in Kansas, Mozart’s Mass in C Minor, and Brahms’ A German Requiem. She has been a guest artist with many distinguished choral and orchestral organizations including Seattle Symphony, Oregon Symphony, Northwest Chamber Orchestra, Northwest Sinfonietta, Eugene Symphony and Opera, Great Falls Symphony, Helena Symphony, Spokane Symphony, and Walla Walla Symphony. She sang the Mater Gloriosa in the first Oregon performance of Mahler's Eighth Symphony with Eugene Symphony in 2002. Previous roles have included Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro, Violetta in La Traviata, Blanche in Dialogues of the Carmelites, and Micaela in Carmen. Her recordings are on Naxos, Albany, and Elmgrove. She has been a finalist and a second place winner in the Northwest Regional Metropolitan Opera auditions. Born in Kansas City, Ms. Houston spent her childhood in Myanmar, India, and the Philippine Islands. She is a member of the voice faculty at Pacific Lutheran University.

Eric Neuville - Don Ottavio - Eric Neuville (tenor) has been hailed as possessing a “a golden, Mozartean tenor and a perfect command of both nuance and melodrama.” (Tacoma News Tribune) He joined Seattle Opera's prestigious Young Artist Program from 2009-2011, and has gone on to become a regular on the Seattle Opera stage, performing Normanno in Lucia di Lammermoor, Guglielmo in Viva la Mamma!, Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni, First Priest in Die Zauberflöte, and Nathanaël in Les contes d’Hoffmann. A frequent performer on concert stages throughout the country, Mr. Neuville was most recently heard as the tenor soloist in Bach's St. Matthew Passion with Conspirare and the Victoria Bach Festival, Handel’s Messiah with the Tacoma Symphony and Britten’s Cantata Misericordium with the Seattle Chorale Company. Upcoming performances include the Tenor Soloist in Beethoven’s 9th Symphony with Orchestra Seattle and the Seattle Symphony, Carmina Burana with the Austin Symphony, Tamino in Die Zauberflöte with Tacoma Opera, and Scaramuccio in Ariadne auf Naxos with Seattle Opera. Mr. Neuville has performed with Chautauqua Opera, Northwest Opera in Schools (NOISE), and recently made his Tacoma Opera debut as Frederick in The Pirates of Penzance.

Jennifer Krikawa - Donna Elvira - Jennifer Krikawa (soprano) was seen recently singing the role of Giorgetta in Vashon Opera's Il tabarro. 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) 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. 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. Upcoming Ms. Krikawa will perform the role of Masha in Vashon Opera's children's production of The Music Shop in February, 2015.

Megan Chenovick - Zerlina - Megan Chenovick (lyric coloratura soprano) graces operatic, musical theatre and concert stages alike. Hailed for her “superb showmanship” this two-time NW Regional MONC Finalist’s recent roles include Mabel (Pirates of Penzance) with Tacoma Opera, Peaches/Baby Jane (Jerry Springer the Opera) with Balagan Theatre, Lucia (Lucia di Lammermoor) with Skagit Opera conducted by Franz Vote, Bubikopf (Der Kaiser von Atlantis) with Music of Remembrance conducted by Seattle Symphony's Ludovic Morlot, Musetta (La Bohème) with Bellevue Opera, Marian Paroo (The Music Man), & Guenevere (Camelot) with Lyric Light Opera. In 2014 Ms. Chenovick had the pleasure of singing the world premiere of a song cycle, In Sleep the World is Yours by Lori Laitman with Music of Remembrance, which she will reprise for their Sparks of Glory concert series. Other MOR favorites include Jake Heggie & Gene Scheer’s Farewell Auschwitz, Simon Sargon's Shemà and Shostakovich's Jewish Folk Poetry, Op.79. Upcoming engagements in the 2015/2016 Season include the performance of Ravel’s Chansons Madecasses with Music Northwest, The Three Divas with the NW Sinfonietta, Clorinda (Cenerentola) with Skagit Opera and Juliette (Romèo et Juliette) with Tacoma Opera. Ms. Chenovick helps produce monthly events as a Co-Managing Diva of Opera on Tap-Seattle and teaches private voice lessons with Vocalpath Studio.

Michael Dunlap - Masetto - - Michael Dunlap (Bass-baritone) 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. Michael returns to Vashon Opera after performing Colline in La La Bohème in 2009 and Betto di Signa in Gianni Schicchi in 2013 for the company. As a composer and conductor, he premiered his setting of Psalm 8 for chorus and piano at Peace Lutheran Church in February 2009. Future engagements for Michael include singing Count Capulet in Romeo et Juliette for Tacoma Opera in Spring 2015.

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 Il Barbiere di Siviglia (stage director, conductor and arranger), Madama Butterfly (stage director), Carmen (stage director, conductor and arranger), Eugene Onegin (conductor and arranger), Così fan tutte, Die Fledermaus, and Werther (stage director, 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). Upcoming productions for James include Britten's Albert Herring with Vashon Opera in 2015. 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.

Sheila Bristow - Rehearsal and Performance Pianist - Sheila Bristow is an Affiliate Artist at Pacific Lutheran University, where she collaborates with young singers in recital and on the opera stage. Freelance accompanying experience includes work with the 5th Avenue Theater, Pacific Northwest Ballet School, Seattle Opera Guild, Tacoma Opera, and Vashon Opera. Ms. Bristow also serves as Organist/Choirmaster at the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer. She holds degrees in composition and organ performance from Cornish College of the Arts and the University of Washington, and sings with Choral Arts.