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Shakespeare and Opera at the Rancho Mirage Library Wednesday, June 3 at 7 PM





Wednesday June 3rd

7:00 – 8:45 PM


 The Palm Springs Opera Guild  presents a much-anticipated lecture about this vast and exciting subject. Over the centuries, the plays of William Shakespeare have fed the imagination of many opera composers and have inspired many diverse styles of music.

The lecture will first give an insightful overview of the numerous operas written on the major plays of the Bard of Avon. In a second part, the Guild will present various interpretations in the operatic literature of the greatest love story ever told: Romeo and Juliet.

As always, the presentation will be enlivened through the use of multimedia and Illustrated by numerous musical excerpts interpreted live by the Guild’s Vocal Competition finalists.

The lecture is produced by Michael Cressey and presented by Bruce Johansen


Do not miss this free event which promises to shed a dramatic light onto an extraordinary relationship between literature and music.

What Are Our Past Vocal Competition Winners Up To?

Many of the Palm Springs Opera Guild Vocal Competition First Place winners are enjoying exciting careers.  We’ve been tracking their growth and are pleased to present the following update:

2014 Bass-baritone Nicholas Brownlee won First Prize in the Met Western Regionals in November. He is covering for the LA Opera production of Le nozze di Figaro later this year and covered for Charlie Soong in Santa Fe Opera’s Dr. Sun Yat-Sen last year.  Nicholas has appeared in productions at Rice, Wolf Trap and Tel Aviv and will be appearing in the Guild’s Opera in the Park this April 12. Among other engagements he has been cast in the role of Colline in the LA Opera production of La bohème in 2016. Nicholas was just awarded one of the five prizes at the Metropolitan Opera’s National Council Auditions in NY.

2013 Bass Adam Lau won 2nd place in our Competition 2 years ago before winning First Place in 2013.  In June 2013, Adam covered both Antonio and Bartolo in Le nozze di Figaro under the baton of Gustavo Dudamel in Los Angeles.  He appeared as the High Priest of Babylon in Nabucco, Angelotti/Sciarrone in Tosca and Palemon in Thaïs last spring at Florida Grand Opera in Miami.  He sang the role of Antonio in Le nozze di Figaro at Dallas Opera last fall and Don Alfonso in Cosi fan tutte at Opera Naples earlier this year. In April he appears in the role of Leporello in Don Giovanni at North Carolina Opera.  Later this year Adam will sing with the Opera Theater of St. Louis in Handel’s Richard The Lionheart and interpret the role of Papa in the Seattle Opera world premier of An American Dream on August 21 and 23. This fall he sings the role of Martino in Rossini’s L’occasione fa il ladro with Gotham Chamber Opera. Adam was one of the 6 prize winners at the George London 2015 Competition in NY.

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Legacy Society


We encourage you to join the Palm Springs Opera Guild of the Desert’s Legacy Society.  In addition to the financial and tax benefits often associated with planned gifts, Legacy Members receive recognition in programs published for Guild events, name(s) listed on a Recognition Plaque to be placed in the Guild office and invitations to social events solely for Legacy Society members.  There are many ways to make a current or planned gift to the Guild – cash, stocks, trusts, real estate, gifts of retirement assets, etc.   Please contact Kathy Sanders by email at operaguild@verizon.net or at (760) 325-6107 to find out how you can make a gift through your will, bequest or planned giving program.