May 22, 2014
Did You Know Krikawa Does Opera?
What Do Custom Rings and the Ringing of a Beautiful Voice Have in Common?
My husband John Krikawa, the Chief Technical Officer of Krikawa Jewelry Designs, has a brother Andy Krikawa, who is married to Jennifer Krikawa. Sound complicated? It's not (we'll leave the other eight Krikawa siblings out of it!).
So, my sister-in-law Jennifer is also the founder, President and Artistic Director of the Vashon Opera Company on Vashon Island, just west of Seattle. Jennifer and Andy moved from New York to find a quiet place to raise their children, but couldn't get away from singing.
Back East, Jennifer, a soprano, sang for several opera companies including the New York City Opera, Virginia Opera, and Connecticut Opera. She appeared on the stage of the famed Carnegie Hall as a soloist for Francisco Scarlatti’s Dixit Dominus.
Andrew Krikawa is a baritone who has performed for a bevy of opera companies including Pittsburgh Opera, Virginia Opera, Opera Festival of New Jersey, and Connecticut Opera. Career highlights include playing the role of Albert in Pittsburgh Opera’s production of Jules Massenet’s Werther and performing in Mozart’s Cosi Fan Tutte with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s.
On island, they quickly enmeshed themselves with Vashon’s vibrant music scene. “We realized that the community is really interested in opera at a local level,” Jennifer states. “We felt we were ready to take on the work and care that an opera company would need and we felt the community was behind us.” Thus, the Vashon Opera Company was born.
In their 5th season, they are receiving rave reviews, like this one from Juli Goetz Morser, the Arts Editor from the Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber:‘Werther’ concludes Vashon Opera’s fifth season.
More information at Vashon Opera and Vashon Center for the Arts
But I know the big question on everyone's minds is: Did Krikawa Jewelry make Jenn and Andy's rings? The answer to that is Yes!
To see what the Arizonan Krikawa couple are making these days, visit www.krikawa.com
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