Meet the Directors

Elizabeth Wells and Korby Myrick became instant best friends in the summer of 2017 when they discovered that they were both students of master teacher Fred Carama. Cumulatively, they have sung more than 100 roles and possess more than 30 years of founding opera companies, creating operatic projects, and producing vocal music concerts. Both are natives of Tucson who have returned to their hometown after spending time performing and producing in many cities across the US and in Europe. When they are not singing, producing or teaching, Korby and Elizabeth can often be found together chasing travel adventure or seeking Mother Nature in all her glory.  Laughter and love abound between these two ladies.  Passion Project: Opera! is the natural love child of this great friendship and partnership.

After their premiere performance of Adriana Lecouvreur in March 2019, Music Director and pianist extraordinaire, Dr. Michael Dauphinais, bravely asked to join forces with Elizabeth and Korby.  Michael brings not only his prodigal talent to Passion Project: Opera!, but many years of experience as répétiteur and music director for opera companies around the globe. Thrilled to the point of squealing, Korby and Elizabeth accepted. With Michael on board this trio is unstoppable!

Elizabeth Wells

Soprano and Tucson native Elizabeth Wells has performed more than 35 operatic roles across the United States and Italy. Her favorite singing experiences include the pants roles of Cherubino and Walter as well as performances in Madama Butterfly, directed by the late Japanese actor Mako, and the role of Anna, which was written for her, in the world-premiere opera The Hard Years by Johnathan Schwabe. Since completing her Master’s Degree in Vocal Performance from Northwestern University, Elizabeth has been sought after for her “incredibly engaging stage presence” and “beautifully lilting voice…with tremendous versatility and flexibility” in repertoire ranging from Mozart and Verdi to music of the 20th Century. She has also performed in several world premieres. In addition to her stage work, Elizabeth has been sought after as a producer. She has produced more than twenty-five different operas and has served as the Executive Director of Livermore Valley Opera, Midsummer Mozart Festival, and West Edge Opera in the San Francisco area and as the Founding Director of Willamette Concert Opera in Oregon. As a teaching artist, Elizabeth holds a large complement of students in her Tucson and Green Valley studios.

Korby Myrick

Mezzo-soprano Korby Myrick has been a mainstay of Arizona stages for years. She has performed in over fifty productions with Arizona Opera and has been a frequent soloist with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra. Outside of Arizona she has performed throughout the United States and Europe, with such opera companies as Opéra de Nice (France), Teatro Bellini (Italy), Spoleto Festival (USA & Italy), Washington National Opera, Tulsa Opera and Opera Carolina, Pittsburgh Opera Theatre among others. Her signature roles include the title role of Carmen, Laura in La Gioconda, Azucena in Il Trovatore, Princepessa de Bouillon in Adriana Lecouvreur and Lucretia in The Rape of Lucretia. A noted concert artist, she has performed in Avery Fisher Hall with Musica Sacra and has been a frequent soloist with the Spoleto Festival Orchestra. She has also sung with such orchestras as the Phoenix Symphony, Hartford Symphony, Stamford Symphony and New Haven Symphony. When she isn’t singing she often works as a music director, pianist, stage director, artistic director, or chorus master, and has served in these capacities with Arizona Theatre Company, Arizona Opera, Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre, Opera in the Ozarks, Arts Express, Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra, and Christian Youth Theatre. She maintains a thriving voice and piano studio in Tucson. |||

Michael Dauphinais

Michael Dauphinais has been hailed in the press as “a marvelous collaborative pianist” (ITEA Journal), and has garnered praise for his “superbly realized continuo” (Arizona Republic) as well as his live renditions of orchestral reductions: “pianist Michael Dauphinais enables one to forget the lack of an orchestra almost immediately” (Newark Star-Ledger). His versatility as a pianist, coach, conductor, and chorus master has led to his work with many regional U.S. opera companies including Tulsa Opera, Sarasota Opera, San Diego Opera, Arizona Opera, Baltimore Concert Opera, Opera in the Ozarks, Kentucky Opera, Opera New Jersey, and Alamo City Opera. He recently conducted Daniel Catán’s La hija de Rappaccini in a collaboration between UA and UNAM in Mexico City. In November 2019, he will conduct the North American premiere of Elena Langer’s “Rhondda Rips it Up!” at the University of Arizona. Michael teaches at UA’s Fred Fox School of Music, is the principal pianist and vocal coach for Opera Southwest in Albuquerque, and is the principal pianist for the Grammy-nominated True Concord Voices and Orchestra in Tucson.