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Rossini Awards

Guadalupe Paz
Guadalupe Paz

$7,500 to be awarded this year

The second annual Peggy Cravens Rossini Award auditions will be held in Los Angeles in November and the winner will perform at the Vocal Competition on December 4, 2016 at the Helene Galen Performing Arts Center in Rancho Mirage. Peggy Cravens is again underwriting the First Place Award of $5,000 and Bill Galliker is underwriting the Second Place Award of $2,500, in memory of Michael Cressey. The panel of judges will include legendary tenor and Rossini expert Rockwell Blake, acclaimed tenor Henry Price, Director, Flora Thornton Opera Program at Pepperdine University, Andrew Eisenmann, Guild Artistic Director and Guild President Bruce Johansen. USC voice instructor David Wilkinson will again be the accompanist and music coordinator.

The winner of the inaugural Peggy Cravens Rossini Award, mezzo-soprano Guadalupe Paz, received the award at the annual Vocal Competition last December. Ms Paz’s recent engagements include her debut at Auditorio Nacional, a 10,000 seat auditorium, in a Gala with Mexican tenor Javier Camarena, as well as singing Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia with the Teatro del Bicentenario Orchestra and the Bellas Artes National Opera Company Orchestra. In addition she appeared as Angelina in La Cenerentola with The Eduardo Mata Youth Orchestra and the Bellas Artes National Opera Company Orchestra. Earlier this year she appeared in the Mexican premiere of Il Viaggio a Reims with the National Opera Company of Bellas Artes, the Petite Messe Solenelle with Mineria Symphony Orchestra and Stabat Mater with the National University of Mexico Philharmonic Orchestra OFUNAM. Congratulations to Guadalupe as well as to all the finalists who displayed outstanding talent and appreciation of the unique challenges of singing the music of Rossini.



Official Calendar

For information on how to attend the following events please contact the Guild office at 760.325.6107.


2016/2017 Season



  • Thursday, November 3, 2016 – 4 pm –  Membership Season Opener Party at the home of Board Member Stephen Lind – former Vocal Competition winner Gregorio Gonzalez performs with accordionist/composer Nick Ariondo- members only
  • Thursday, November 17, 2016 – 7 pm – Joint event with Virginia Waring International Piano Competition, Three Pianos-Six Hands – with soprano Anna-Lisa Hackett and accompanist David Wilkinson – McCallum Theatre
  • Sunday, December 4, 2016 – 3 pm – 33rd Annual Vocal Competition and presentation of Rossini Award – Helene Galen Performing Arts Center, Rancho Mirage High School – open to the public
  • Sunday, December 4, 2016 – 6:30 pm – Exclusive Allegro Cocktail Party with finalists from the Competition in a private home – Allegro members only
  • Wednesday, February 8, 2017 – 7 pm – Musical event in association with the Rancho Mirage Public Library – open to the public
  • Thursday, March 30, 2017 – 6:30 pm – Spring Operatic Recital and Fundraiser at a private home in the Vintage Club – open to the public by purchasing ticket
  • Sunday, April 9, 2017 – 1 pm – 19th Annual Opera in the Park at Sunrise Park, Palm Springs – open to the public
  • April, 2017, date to be announced – Thank You Party and Election of Officers at Smoke Tree Ranch courtesy of Yvonne and Steven Maloney – members only
  • May/June, 2017 – Student Outreach – Nearly 17,000 students in the Palm Springs Unified School District benefit each year from the Guild’s Educational Outreach program
Events subject to change