It’s the ultimate family feud with music to die for! The legendary tale of Romeo and Juliet, the world’s most famous star-crossed lovers, set to transcendent music by the brilliant French composer Charles Gounod.

Passion, intrigue, a secret marriage and a deadly duel! In Gounod’s masterpiece, Shakespeare’s immortal story of the Capulets vs. the Montagues and misguided young love gets its most compelling telling.

With glorious music and memorable romantic duets, Romeo and Juliet has enchanted audiences since its debut and earned a permanent place among opera’s best-loved productions. It’s a timeless story with universal themes that never gets old. Now Vashon Opera brings this opera to glorious life with a stellar cast. Don’t miss this splendid production!

Meet the artists

tenor daniel o'hearn
RoméoDaniel O’Hearn
soprano ksenia popova
JulietteKsenia Popova
bass michael colman
Frère LaurentMichael Colman
baritone zachary lenox
MercutioZachary Lenox
tenor martin bakari
TybaltMartin Bakari
mezzo-soprano grace skinner
StéphanoGrace Skinner
mezzo-soprano soon cho
GertrudeSoon Cho
tenor julian schrenzel
BenvolioJulian Schrenzel
baritone barry johnson
Count CapuletBarry Johnson
baritone jack burrows
PârisJack Burrows
bass-baritone alexander adams
The DukeAlexander Adams
baritone darrell j jordan
GrégorioDarrell J Jordan
conductor and stage director james brown
Conductor & Stage DirectorJames Brown
bass-baritone alexander adams

Alexandar R Adams

The Duke

Alexander R Adams is a bass-baritone singer, composer and voice teacher, born and raised in the Seattle area. He received his Master of Music from the University of Southern California and his Bachelor of Music from the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington. Alexander's opera roles include Bartolo (Le nozze di Figaro), Leporello (Don Giovanni), Count Ceprano (Rigoletto), King Balthazar (Amahl and the Night Visitors), Truffaldino (Ariadne auf Naxos), Publio (La clemenza di Tito), Sprecher/Armored Man (Die Zauberflöte), Minister (Iphigénie en Tauride), Mr. Plunkett/Judge (The English Cat), and Sergeant of the Police (Pirates of Penzance). Alexander is also a composer. His most recent project is a collection of art songs based on poems by Edgar Allan Poe, including “A Dream Within a Dream”, “Annabel Lee”, and “The Conqueror Worm”. Recordings of the songs, performed by tenor John Riesen, have been released on streaming platforms like Spotify and Apple Music.

tenor martin bakari

Martin Bakari

Tybalt

Praised by Opera News as a "vocally charismatic" performer with a "golden tenor,” Martin Bakari's recent engagements include the title role in Charlie Parker's Yardbird (Atlanta Opera, Arizona Opera, Pittsburgh Opera, Dayton Opera, New Orleans Opera), the tenor soloist in Carmina Burana (Cecilia Chorus of NY at Carnegie Hall, Symphony San Jose) and the premiere of Paul Moravec’s A Nation of Others (Oratorio Society of NY at Carnegie Hall), Frederic in The Pirates of Penzance (Virginia Opera), Pong in Turandot (Opera Colorado), Jalil/Wakil/Guard in the premiere of Sheila Silver's A Thousand Splendid Suns (Seattle Opera), Don Basilio in Le nozze di Figaro (Seattle Opera, Seiji Ozawa Matsumoto Festival), Goro in Madama Butterfly (Dallas Opera), The Cartography Project (Washington National Opera, The Kennedy Center), and a United Kingdom recital tour (Mirror Visions Ensemble). Internationally, he has also appeared at major venues in Munich, Hamburg, Dresden, Frankfurt, Cologne, Tel Aviv, and Bari. Mr. Bakari's 2023-24 season includes Mime in Das Rheingold (Seattle Opera), the tenor soloist in Messiah (Oratorio Society of NY at Carnegie Hall) and Kodály's Psalmus Hungaricus (Grant Park Music Festival), Dr. Caius in Falstaff and Wilson (cover) in the premiere of Jake Heggie's Intelligence (Houston Grand Opera), Charlie Parker in Yardbird (Indianapolis Opera), Goro in Madama Butterfly (Opera Philadelphia), and Frederic in The Pirates of Penzance (Kentucky Opera). A 2018 George London Competition award winner, Mr. Bakari's recording of Grigory Smirnov's Dowson Songs (Naxos) was featured by Opera News as a "Critic's Choice" album. www.martinbakari.com

conductor and stage director james brown

James Brown

Conductor, Stage Director, Musical Director

James Brown enjoys an eclectic career of singing, teaching, stage direction and conducting. James is the Chair of Vocal Studies at Pacific Lutheran University where he directs the opera and oversees a large voice program. Jim received a production grant from the Kurt Weill Foundation in New York City for a production of Street Scene. James has directed stylistically diverse operas for PLU Opera such as Handel’s Semele, Die Fledermaus, and Janacek’s The Cunning Little Vixen. For many years, he has been the conductor and stage director for Vashon Opera in Washington State in diverse repertoire such as Britten’s Albert Herring, Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Carmen, Così fan tutte, Eugene Onegin, La traviata, Lucia di Lammermoor, The Magic Flute, Massenet’s Werther, Poulenc’s Les Dialogues des Carmélites, Puccini’s Tosca, and Previn’s A Streetcar named Desire. James has also directed regularly for Pacific Northwest Opera in productions such as Carmen, Les Contes d’Hoffmann, La bohème, and Mefistofele. Brown also directed for Seattle Opera’s Education and Outreach productions of Il barbiere di Siviglia and The Magic Flute. Other productions in Washington State include Don Carlo and La bohème for Bellevue Opera and a critically acclaimed production of Sweeney Todd for Lakewood Playhouse. Upcoming productions for James include Otello and Falstaff with Vashon Opera. James holds degrees in voice from Loyola University/New Orleans, The Juilliard School and the State University of New York at Stony Brook, and served for three years as a Resident Artist at The Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia.

baritone jack burrows

Jack Burrows

Pâris

Jack is thrilled to perform with professional singers for his Vashon Opera debut as Pâris! Pursuing a BM in vocal performance, Jack has just completed his junior year at Pacific Lutheran University where he performs with PLU Opera. Some of his roles have been Captain Corcoran in H.M.S. Pinafore, Sam in Trouble in Tahiti, and Dr. Dulcamara in L'elisir d'amore. Jack grew up in a choral background and as such sings with PLU's Choir of the West, Christ Church Choir, and the occasional choral gig in Seattle! This summer, Jack will be traveling to Santa Barbara, California to perform Morales and Dancario in Carmen as a 2024 fellow of the Music Academy of the West. He'd like to thank his friends and family for their support, his professors for their mentorship, and Vashon Opera for the opportunity to sing for you tonight!

mezzo-soprano soon cho

Soon Cho

Gertrude

Acclaimed by Opera News for her "potent" and "intense and incisive" stage presence, and praised by the Cincinnati Post as "regal in bearing, with vocal endowments to match," lyric mezzo-soprano Soon Cho is delighted to reconnect with the vibrant community in Vashon while performing with Vashon Opera once again. With a performance career spanning Asia, Australia, Europe, and North America, Cho has performed canonical works from the 18th through 20th centuries as well as contemporary compositions by living composers. Notable highlights include appearances at prestigious festivals such as the Beaune International Baroque Festival in France, the Ghent New Music Festival in Belgium, and the Puccini Festival in Torre del Lago, Italy. Cho has collaborated with esteemed orchestras and opera companies including the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, the Honolulu Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Opera, Aspen Opera Theater, Seongnam Arts Center Opera in South Korea and many more. Renowned for her portrayal of principal roles in operas by composers such as Purcell, Mozart, Puccini, Richard Strauss, and John Adams, Cho brings depth and artistry to each performance. Recently, she portrayed Mrs. May in the world premiere performances of Greg Youtz’s Tacoma Method with Tacoma Opera. Beyond her performing career, Dr. Cho is deeply committed to education, serving as Associate Professor of Music at Pacific Lutheran University while residing with her family in Southworth.

bass michael colman

Michael Colman

Frère Laurent

Lyric bass Michael Colman, praised by Opera News for “fielding a fine, dark bass-baritone”, recently returned to Chautauqua Opera as Judge Turpin (and Sweeney cover) in Sweeney Todd, made a role and house debut as Sparafucile in Rigoletto with Vashon Opera before returning to sing the title role in their production of Le nozze di Figaro, stepped in to sing Coach/Red in Laura Kaminsky’s February with Opera on the Avalon, and made a role and house debut as Vodnik in Rusalka with Opera Ithaca. Upcoming house debuts in his 2024 season include Étienne Grandet in Naughty Marietta with Winter Opera St. Louis, Schaunard in La bohème with Fort Worth Opera, and Howard Bard (cover) in The Listeners with Opera Philadelphia. Other roles include The Commentator in productions of Derrick Wang’s Scalia/Ginsburg with Opera Carolina, Opera Grand Rapids, and Chautauqua Opera, Basilio in Il barbiere di Siviglia with Chautauqua and Virginia Operas, Guglielmo and Don Alfonso in Così fan tutte with Opera Grand Rapids and Charlottesville Opera, Dottore Grenvil in La traviata with Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Toledo Opera, and Opera on the James, Angelotti in Tosca with St. Petersburg Opera, King of Egypt in Aida with Tulsa Opera, and Leporello in Don Giovanni with The Janiec Opera Company. Concert credits include an upcoming Verdi Requiem with York Symphony Orchestra, Handel’s Messiah with the Dayton Philharmonic, Mozart’s Requiem with The Virginia Consort, and recital collaborations with Warren Jones and Martin Katz.

baritone barry johnson

Barry Johnson

Count Capulet

Baritone Barry Johnson is enjoying a successful career as an opera singer, stage director, concert performer, and voice teacher. Having sung roles in more than 20 productions at Seattle Opera, Mr. Johnson has performed as a guest artist with companies throughout the west including Seattle Opera, Tacoma Opera, Opera Colorado, Anchorage Opera, Portland Opera, Vashon Opera, Stockton Opera, Central City Opera, and Las Vegas Opera. Notable roles in his repertoire include the title role in The Marriage of Figaro, Marcello in La bohème, Dancairo in Carmen, Sharpless in Madame Butterfly, Masetto in Don Giovanni, Prince Ottokar in Der Freischütz, Angelotti in Tosca, Papageno in The Magic Flute, Don Alfonso in Così fan tutte, Fleville in Andrea Chénier, Frank in Die Fledermaus, Jupiter in Orpheus in the Underworld, and the Pirate King in The Pirates of Penzance. On the concert stage, Mr. Johnson has been a soloist with orchestras throughout the Northwest including Seattle Symphony, American Sinfonietta, Symphony Tacoma, Yakima Symphony, Northwest Sinfonietta, Orchestra Seattle, and the Pacific Lutheran University Symphony. Mr. Johnson’s professional stage directing credits include Puccini’s La bohème, Mozart’s Così fan tutte, Youtz’ Tacoma Method, Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel, Lehar’s The Merry Widow, and Puccini’s Tosca, with Tacoma Opera, Bellevue City Opera Ballet, and Pacific Northwest Opera. As co-director of the opera program at Pacific Lutheran University, Mr. Johnson’s fully staged productions have included Lehar’s The Merry Widow, Mozart’s The Magic Flute, Handel’s Giulio Cesare, Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel, Strauss’ Die Fledermaus, Sullivan’s The Pirates of Penzance, and Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi and Suor Angelica.

baritone darrell j jordan

Darrell J. Jordan

Grégorio

Seattle-based lyric baritone Darrell J. Jordan has been praised for his “shining, beautiful voice” (Broadway World), his "expressive baritone and facial expressions" (The SunBreak), and has been called “the star of the show” (Columbia Heart Beat). In demand as a recitalist and concert soloist, his recent solo concert engagements have been with Amherst Early Music Festival, Odyssey Chamber Music Series, Rolla Choral Arts Society, Choral Arts Alliance of Missouri, Missouri Symphony, Southside Philharmonic Orchestra, Toledo Symphony, Thalia Symphony, Olympia Chamber Orchestra, Salt Water Music Series, Seattle Art Song Society, Harmonia Orchestra, and Seattle Choral Company. Dr. Jordan has performed almost 40 full roles, some favorites being: Papageno (Die Zauberflöte), Dandini (La Cenerentola), Guglielmo (Così fan tutte), Count Almaviva (Le nozze di Figaro), Dr. Falke (Die Fledermaus), Ignacio (Lucrezia), Count Gil (Il segreto di Susanna), Bunthorne (Patience), Belcore (L’elisir d’amore), and Dr. Malatesta (Don Pasquale). Opera credits include Opera West, Tacoma Opera, Wilmington Concert Opera, Music On Site, Inc., St. Louis Opera Collective, Haymarket Opera Company, Gateway Opera, the Institute for 17th Century Music, the Show-Me Opera, Lawrence Opera Theatre, the Puget Sound Concert Opera, Northwest Opera In Schools Touring Company, Operamuse, Seattle Modern Opera Company, Pacific Northwest Opera, the Gilbert & Sullivan Society of Seattle, Opera on Tap, Low Brow Opera, OperaBend, Engage Opera, Landlocked Opera, Barn Opera, and Seattle Opera. He is a member and co-artistic director of the nationally recognized, award-winning professional vocal chamber ensemble, Vox Nova. For more information, please visit: www.DarrellJJordan.com.

baritone zachary lenox

Zachary Lenox

Mercutio

Viewed as “a broad, resonant baritone that is exquisitely controlled throughout his entire range,” Zachary Lenox has performed leading roles across North America. Notable roles include Silvio in Pagliacci, Marcello in La bohème, Papageno in Die Zauberflöte, Count Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro, El Dancaïro in Carmen, Marullo in Rigoletto, Guglielmo and Don Alfonso in Così fan tutte, Father in Hansel and Gretel, Sid in Albert Herring, Gianni Schicchi and Betto in Gianni Schicchi, and Dick Deadeye in H.M.S. Pinafore. Mr. Lenox has appeared with Portland Opera, Oregon Symphony, Eugene Opera, Orpheus PDX, Tacoma Opera, Opera Parallèle, Opera Bend, Pacific Music Works, Harmonia Seattle, Cascadia Chamber Opera, Portland Opera in the Park, Portland Chamber Orchestra, Portland Concert Opera, and Eugene Concert Choir. Concert appearances include Bass Soloist in Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, Coffee Cantata, Christmas Cantatas, as well as BWV 56, Handel's Messiah, Samson, and Judas Maccabeus, Mozart's Requiem, Verdi Requiem, Faure Requiem, Beethoven's Symphony No. 9, Haydn's Lord Nelson Mass, Schubert's Mass in G, and Orff's Carmina Burana. Zachary is a past winner of the Pacific Northwest Sings competition as well as the MONC Idaho/Montana District Auditions. He received his B.M. and M.M. from the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam.

tenor daniel o'hearn

Daniel O'Hearn

Roméo

Daniel O’Hearn is an emerging full-lyric tenor from Chicago, Illinois. Recently, he’s joined The Metropolitan Opera as both First Armored Guard in The Magic Flute and Benvolio cover in Roméo et Juliette, Santa Fe Opera as Pastore I cover in L’Orfeo, Pittsburgh Opera as Steuermann in Der fliegende Holländer, The Glimmerglass Festival as Canio cover in Pagliacci, and Vashon Opera as Roméo in Roméo et Juliette. Other recent performances include Lurcanio in Ariodante, Ruiz in Il trovatore, and Don Basilio & Don Curzio in Le nozze di Figaro with Pittsburgh Opera; Duca di Mantua in Rigoletto with Vashon Opera; Lord Cecil in Roberto Devereaux with Washington Concert Opera; Bill in Flight, Spoletta in Tosca, and Mr. Gray in Gentleman’s Island with Utah Opera; and Remendado cover in Carmen, Shepherd & Sailor cover in Tristan und Isolde, Peasant cover in Eugene Onegin, and Tom Snout cover in A Midsummer Night’s Dream with Santa Fe Opera. In addition to operatic works, Mr. O’Hearn has performed as a soloist in concert pieces. He recently gave a recital at Bruno Walter Auditorium at Lincoln Center. Past performances of concert repertoire include as Vivaldi’s Magnificat, RV 611 with MidAmerica Productions at New York City’s Carnegie Hall, Handel’s The Messiah and Stravinsky’s Pulcinella with Utah Symphony, and Bach’s Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben, BWV 147 with The Choir of the Madeleine. Mr. O’Hearn is currently a member of The Lindemann Young Artist Development Program at The Metropolitan Opera, and is an alumnus of the young artist training programs at Pittsburgh Opera, Santa Fe Opera, and Utah Opera. Mr. O’Hearn is also an alumnus of The DePaul University School of Music in Chicago, from which he holds a Master of Music in Vocal Performance and Bachelor of Music in Composition and Theory.

soprano ksenia popova

Ksenia Popova

Juliette

Soprano Ksenia Popova is thrilled to return to Vashon Opera and the role of Juliette! She has been hailed by The Tacoma News Tribune as “a soprano to watch.” Ms. Popova has sung the roles of Micaëla (Carmen), Lucia (Lucia di Lammermoor), Juliette (Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette), Polly Peachum (The Threepenny Opera), Josephine (H.M.S Pinafore) with Tacoma Opera, Donna Anna (Don Giovanni) and Gretel (Hansel and Gretel) with Pacific Northwest Opera, Josephine (H.M.S Pinafore) with Opera Coeur d’Alene, Gilda (Rigoletto) and Adele (Die Fledermaus) with Vashon Opera. Previously, Ms. Popova was a Studio Artist with Tulsa Opera, where she covered the role of Marguerite (Faust). As a Resident Artist with Opera San Jose, she performed in the student matinee of Lucia di Lammermoor (as Lucia) and Il barbiere di Siviglia (as Berta) and sang the role of Madeleine in the West Coast premiere of Kevin Puts’ Silent Night. In concert, Ms. Popova has appeared as the Soprano Soloist with Carmina Burana with Greater Seattle Choral Consortium and Sammamish Symphony Orchestra. She is a Metropolitan Opera National Council Third Place Regional winner, as well as having received several Audience Favorite and Encouragement Awards. Occasionally, she dips her toes into Musical Theatre, performing the role of Pat Collins in the US premiere of Stephen Edwards’ Moon Landing. Ms. Popova is the Founder of Opera on Tap Seattle, a nonprofit that brings opera to the masses via your local dive bar. Upcoming performances include a debut with Puget Sound Concert Opera as Gulnara (Il Corsaro).

tenor julian schrenzel

Julian Schrenzel

Benvolio

Lyric tenor Julian Schrenzel has performed professionally in both opera and musical theater. Credits include Spoletta in Puccini's Tosca and Normanno in Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor with Skagit Opera, Fiddler on the Roof, 42nd Street & Man of La Mancha with the Village Theater, 9 to 5: The Musical, Enchanted April and Guys & Dolls with the state theater of Georgia, the Springer Opera House. Seattle Opera Guild credits include Tosca, (as Cavaradossi), Semele (as Jupiter) and The Pearl Fishers (as Nadir).

mezzo-soprano grace skinner

Grace Skinner

Stéphano

Praised by The Herold Times for her “strength and great vocal flexibility,” mezzo-soprano Grace Skinner has won the Seattle Opera Guild Singers’ Development Competition, the Indianapolis Musicale Matinee Competition, and the National Society of Arts and Letters Vocal Competition. You may have seen her on stage with Vashon Opera in recent years as Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro, and The Composer in Ariadne auf Naxos. She was recently a resident artist with Opera Naples performing the roles of Stephano in Roméo et Juliette, Mercedes in Carmen, Little Buttercup in H.M.S. Pinafore, and Woman #2 in Frida. Her other recent roles include, Nicklausse in The Tales of Hoffmann, the title roles of Giulio Cesare, and Carmen, Jo in Little Women, Prince Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus, and Samantha in The Place Where You Started. Ms. Skinner has worked with opera companies, symphonies, and young artist festivals across the country including Tacoma Opera, The Atlanta Opera, Opera Naples, Utah Festival Opera and Musical Theater, Music Academy of the West, Aspen Music Festival, Southwest Florida Symphony, Vancouver Symphony, and Oregon Symphony. She holds a MM from The Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, and BM from Portland State University. Ms. Skinner also teaches voice lessons from her home studio in Vancouver, WA.

 
Friday May 24, 2024 7:30 PM
Sunday May 26, 2024 2:30 PM