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Michael Dauphinais
Vocal Coach - Opera

Michael Dauphinais teaches at The University of Arizona’s Fred Fox School of Music, and is a veteran member of the opera coaching faculty at the American Institute for Musical Studies (AIMS) in Graz, Austria. Dauphinais is the principal pianist and vocal coach for Opera Southwest in Albuquerque, and is also the principal pianist for the Grammy-nominated True Concord Voices and Orchestra in Tucson. He has recently been appointed music director of the newly-formed Passion Project Opera as well as the Tucson chapter of Opera On Tap. His versatility as a pianist, coach, assistant 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. In May of 2019, he will conduct Daniel Catán’s opera “La hija de Rappaccini” in Mexico City in a co-production between The University of Arizona and Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM).

Dauphinais is an enthusiastic advocate for contemporary and experimental music, having collaborated with the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, Yanira Castro + Company, Artifact Dance Project, Arizona Contemporary Music Ensemble (ACME), and Movement Salon. He has played electro-acoustic sets at the Tucson Noise Festival, the Tucson Museum of Contemporary Art, and as an opening act for Mark Hosler of Negativland. Dauphinais has also performed music for piano and electronics (including several premieres) by Caroline Park, Stephan Moore, John King, Missy Mazzoli, Alexandra Gardner, and Eve Beglarian. He earned degrees in piano and collaborative piano from Western Michigan University (BM) and Arizona State University (MM and DMA). His longtime association with AIMS includes being a participant (1994), a repetitor, and a vocal coach.