Opera Guild News
30th ANNUAL VOCAL COMPETITION
FIRST PLACE WINNER IS ADAM LAU
AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARD GOES TO SOPRANO TAMMIE BRADLEY
The Palm Springs Opera Guild of the Desert presented the 30th Annual Vocal Competition on December 7th at the Rancho Mirage Public Library. Former Competition winner (2001) tenor Rosell Rodel appeared and acknowledged the importance of the Guild’s annual event. The Competition is one of many free events produced by the Guild, all of which provide first class operatic entertainment to the community while assisting young gifted artists.
The 2013 winners:
First Place: Bass Adam Lau
Second Place: Baritone Efraín Solís
Third Place: Soprano Tammie Bradley
Fourth Place: Soprano Julie Adams
Fifth Place: Tenor Vladimir Dmitruk
Runners-Up: Baritone David Castillo, Tenor Arnold Geis, Soprano Alexa Jarvis,
Mezzo-soprano Hannah Ludwig and Soprano Vanessa Vasquez
MANY PAST WINNERS NOW CELEBRITIES
Many Competition winners are currently singing with major opera companies in such venues as Vienna, Paris, Amsterdam, Rome, the New York Metropolitan, LA Opera, San Diego Opera and Santa Fe Opera. Among the most famous are tenor Charles Castronovo who has appeared in virtually every major opera house in the world; soprano Sondra Radvanovsky who recently appeared in the title role of LA Opera’s Tosca and who just premiered to critical acclaim in Norma at the Met; soprano Angela Meade, also singing at the Met in Norma this fall, in Falstaff this winter and in William Tell in Torino next May; soprano Amber Wagner who debuted at the Met in Nabucco and was featured in the film THE AUDITION; and tenor Bruce Sledge who sang this summer at the Spoletto Festival in Charleston and with the Welsh National Opera and is scheduled to appear next March at Boston Lyric.
Click here to read more about our previous winners.
The distinguished judges this year were composer-in-residence for Arizona Opera Craig Bohmler, Ian Campbell, General Director of San Diego Opera and Joshua Winograde, Senior Director of Artistic Planning at LA Opera.
The Guild is especially grateful to the generous scholarship sponsors of the 2013 Competition: Ron Lavo, Barbara Pomar & Craig Salsbury, Renée Glickman, Armen Kazarian, Terry Hendrix, Bruce Johansen, Jean Carrus, Stephen Lind and Donald Osborne & Frank Garofolo.
The Story of My Life at CV Rep
LONDON ROYAL OPERA AT CINEMAS PALME D’OR
|December 11 VERDI’S LES VEPRES SICILIENNES (6:30pm)
January 14 WAGNER’S PARSIFAL (2:00PM) & January 15 (6:30PM)
February 11 PUCCINI’S LA BOHEME (2:00PM) & February 12 (6:30PM)
March 18 MOZART’S DON GIOVANNI (2:00PM) & March 19 (6:30PM)
April 8 VERDI’S NABUCCO (2:00PM) & April 9 (6:30PM)
May 13 VERDI’S LA TRAVIATA (2:00PM) & May 14 (6:30PM)
Cinémas Palme d’ Or generously donates a percentage of opera series ticket sales to the Palm Springs Opera Guild of the Desert
MUSICAL EVENTS AT
RANCHO MIRAGE HIGH SCHOOL
The Quiltmakers Gift- A Musical by Craig Bohmler
December 14, 17, 20 at 7:00pm and 15, 18 at 3pm
December 22 at 3pm
Coachella Valley Symphony
January 26 and February 23 at 3pm
RMHS Vocal Music ‘Love Concert‘
Feb. 13 at 7pm — Don’t miss our CHOIRS
PATTY AND ARTHUR NEWMAN HONORED
JANUARY 26, 2014
Gala Event at the Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa in Rancho Mirage
Patty and Arthur will be celebrated Sunday evening, January 26, 2014 for their years of tireless support, enthusiasm and passion for arts and humanities in the Coachella Valley. We will also mark Arthur’s 90th birthday. They have been especially staunch in their sustenance of the Palm Springs Opera Guild of the Desert and “Opera in the Park”, which brings the arts to the public free of charge. The Gala will feature a special performance by tenor Rodell Rosel, 2001 First Place winner of the Palm Springs Opera Guild Vocal Competition and featured singer with LA Opera (in Falstaff and Magic Flute this season.)
Happy Birthday, Arthur
OVER 70 1/2?
Good news for individuals 70 1/2 or older who would like to use assets they hold in a traditional IRA account for charitable purposes. These individuals are now permitted to make a “qualified charitable distribution” from their traditional IRA accounts directly to the Palm Springs Opera Guild and exclude that distribution from their gross income calculation for tax year 2013. Additionally, the amount distributed to the Guild may serve in place of some or all of the RMD (required minimum distribution) that is required by law to take each year before December 31. You will benefit from this giving technique if you are required to take minimum required distributions but do not need the income AND/OR if you want to avoid the tax implications created by accepting your RMD as income. See you tax advisor for further information.
OPERA GUILD HOLIDAY GIFT CARDS NOW AVAILABLE
This is indeed the perfect gift for someone who has everything: a Palm Springs Opera Guild of the Desert Gift Card. You can offer this personalized gift in any amount to friends and family alike and they can use it to purchase Guild membership or apply it to any of the other events in which the Guild is involved. Contact Joanne at 760.325.6107 to order.