The Opera Guild’s annual Thank You Party will be held on Thursday, April 24th at 3pm at Smoke Tree Ranch, courtesy of Yvonne and Steven Maloney.
The event will feature a recital by 2000 Vocal Competition First Place winner Gregorio Gonzalez singing arias by Rossini, Mozart, Puccini and traditional Mexican songs, with accompaniment by our own Music Director Mona Lands. Be sure to reserve by calling 760.325.6107. If you are not yet a member this is a perfect opportunity to meet Guild members and learn about our many community programs.
Baritone Gregorio Gonzalez has sung with Theatre an den Wien in Vienna, Nederlands Opera, Opera de Panama, Opera de Tijuana, Opera de Guanajuato, Connecticut Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera and San Diego Comic Opera. He began a 3 season residency with LA Opera in 2002 and in 2010 appeared in the world premiere of Il Postino. He sang with the Dana Point Symphony, in Il Segreto di Susanna at UCLA and in David Conte’s America Tropical at the Plaza de la Cultura in Los Angeles. Gregorio recently performed at an event honoring Lilli Joseph, Joe Giarrusso and other valley residents for their contributions to the arts.
To fulfill its mission the Guild presents numerous events in the Coachella Valley throughout the year.
Instructor Andy Eisenmann and the Outreach Performers
One of the Guild’s three major events is OPERA OUTREACH, targeting school children in the greater Palm Springs area. The 2013 program introduced over 12,000 students to operatic music which they hopefully will enjoy throughout their lifetimes. The goal in 2014 is to reach even more young people in the desert.
2013 Vocal Competition Finalists
Front row: Vladimir Dmitruk, Adam Lau, Alexa Jarvis, Julie Adams, Vanessa Vasquez, Hannah Ludwig, Tammie Bradley
Back row: David Castillo, Arnold Geis, Efraín Solís
Another major event produced by the Guild is the annual winter VOCAL COMPETITION which allows young singers to compete for scholarships. Many competition winners are currently singing with major opera companies around the world. The next Competition will be held on Sunday afternoon, December 7, 2014 at the Helene Galen Performing Arts Center at Rancho Mirage High School, Rancho Mirage. Our distinguished judges will be Charles MacKay (General Director of Santa Fe Opera), Dr. Nicolas Reveles (representing San Diego Opera) and Joshua Winograde (Senior Director of Artistic Planning at LA Opera.) Keep checking this site for details on how to enter the 2014 competition.
OPERA IN THE PARK
The Guild’s largest annual event is the renowned OPERA IN THE PARK. This FREE concert is a day-long celebration of opera music in an informal, tranquil outdoor setting with a professional orchestra and eight young up and coming opera singers.
“How fortunate we are to have this event in our City. We thank the Palm Springs Opera Guild of the Desert for choosing Palm Springs for such an incredible day of music. Their community involvement and their generosity of spirit are to be lauded, and they should be recognized as one of the valley’s major cultural institutions.” - Palm Springs Mayor Stephen P. Pougnet
The 16th annual Opera in the Park was held on Sunday, April 6, 2014 from noon to 4pm at Sunrise Park in downtown Palm Springs.
RANCHO MIRAGE LIBRARY
In addition to these programs, the Guild offers a number of Prime Time Outreach lectures and performances in association with the Rancho Mirage Public Library. The most recent were a preview of Madama Butterfly and Jewish Composers and the Creation of the American Musical. The next event will be a free lecture with live entertainment: The Art of Bel Canto, Wednesday, June 4th at 7pm.