Tucson's Newest Opera Company
Passion Project: Opera!
By Francesco Cilea
March 3rd at 2:00 p.m.
Passion Project: Opera! is pleased to present
as its inaugural concert reading in the artful foothills home of Korby Myrick and Richard Hereld at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday March 3rd. A gourmet Italian dinner with wine will be served during intermission. Seating is limited to only fifty people, so be sure to reserve your seat now for this resplendent experience for only
$75* per person.
*Introductory rate for the premiere performance.
Passion Project: Opera!
performs concert readings of great vocal and operatic works in intimate settings, which allows audiences to observe a piece of the process usually only experienced by the performers in closed rehearsals. Similar to the dramatic reading of plays, the singers will perform on-book and with very limited ensemble rehearsal. The result is electrifying as all in attendance are awash in glorious sound.
To request a reservation, email your name and the number in your party (limit 4 per person)
Reservations will be on a first come, first served basis. If you are within the first fifty requests, you will receive an email with a link to make payment. Please allow up to
48 hours to receive your notification. Payment must be made within 48 hours of receiving your invoice or your tickets will be reassigned.
The featured singers will include Elizabeth Wells as Adriana, David Gustafson as Maurizio, and Korby Myrick as the Principessa.
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 Masters 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 20th Century and World Premieres. In addition to her stage work, Elizabeth has been in demand 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 is the owner of Desert Song Vocal Studios, where she holds a large complement of students in both Tucson and the Green Valley area.
Internationally recognized for his robust, expressive voice, tenor David Gustafson made his San Francisco Opera debut in 2010 as Sentinelle in Cyrano De Bergerac starring Placido Domingo.
Most recently heard in Mahler's Das Lied von der Erde, Namahage in Monster, Anthony in Tango of the White Gardenia, Jupiter in Semele, King Herod in Salome, Kagemusha in Nen-Nene-ko, Radamés in Aïda, L'Aumonier in Dialogues des Carmélites, Erik in Der Fliegende Holländer, Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly and Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor. He has also been heard as Turridu in Cavalleria Rusticana and Canio in I Pagliacci during a concert tour of Japan, Otello in Otello, Cavaradossi in Tosca, Tony in the world premier of Heart of the Soldier at San Francisco Opera, Calaf in Turandot, Rodolfo in La Bohème, Alfredo in La Traviata, Ernesto in Don Pasquale, Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni, Tamino in The Magic Flute, Ferrando in Così fan tutte, Ramiro in La Cenerentola, Lionel in Martha, Beppe in I Pagliacci, Alfred in Die Fledermaus, Nemorino in Elixir of Love, and others. He has been heard internationally as Count Almaviva in Il Barbiere di Siviglia with the Shanghai Broadcasting Orchestra, the production being the Chinese premier of the Rossini masterpiece.
In addition to live London performances at Abbey Road Studio, London, Gustafson recorded Prince Hal/Henry V in Gordon Getty's Plump Jack with the London Philharmonia.
In 2006 Gustafson headlined the Gala Opening Concert of the Cesky Krumlov International Music Festival in the Czech Republic.
Upcoming performances include Alfredo in La Traviata, Don Jose in Carmen, Duke of Mantua in Rigoletto, among several concert appearances of the requiems of Verdi and Mozart.
Mezzo-soprano Korby Myrick has been a mainstay of Arizona stages for years. She has performed in over fifty productions with The Arizona Opera Company and has been a frequent soloist with The Tucson Symphony. Outside of Arizona, she has performed throughout the United States and Europe with such opera companies as Theatre de L'Opera de Nice (France), Teatro Bellini (Italy), Spoleto Festival (USA & Italy), Washington National Opera, Tulsa Opera and Opera Carolina, Pittsburgh Opera Theatre and many others. Signature roles include the title role of Carmen, Laura in La Gioconda, Azucena in Il Trovatore 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 the Phoenix Symphony, Hartford Symphony, Stamford Symphony and New Haven Symphony among others. Ms. Myrick is the new Artistic Director of CYT Tucson and teaches voice in the Theatre, Film and Dance department at the University of Arizona. She is delighted to begin her new venture of PassionProject:Opera! with her dear friend, Elizabeth!