The Palm Springs Opera Guild of the Desert is a 501(c)(3) cultural organization which works to encourage and support young singers with financial assistance and performance opportunities and to promote opera in the community through student and adult Outreach programs
The Palm Springs Opera Guild’s ever-expanding Outreach program begins May 23 and will run for two weeks. Over 17,000 students in the Palm Springs Unified School District will enjoy an introduction to opera by Nathan Van Arsdale and our amazing young singers.
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:
2015 – Baritone Alex DeSocio earned his Bachelors of Music degree in Vocal Performance from Northwestern University and his Masters from the University of Maryland with the Maryland Opera Studio. He is a former resident artist with Pittsburgh Opera and Opera Colorado. In addition, Mr. DeSocio is a two-time alumnus of the Merola Opera Program. He was a finalist with Houston Grand Opera’s Eleanor McCollum Competition and a semi-finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. Recently with the Merola Opera Program in 2015, he performed the role of Malatesta in Don Pasquale as well as performing in the Merola Grand Finale at the War Memorial Opera House in San Francisco.
2014 – Bass-baritone Nicholas Brownlee is a 2015 winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. He is in his second year as a Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist at LA Opera, where he made role debuts as the Speaker in The Magic Flute, the Bonze in Madama Butterfly and Captain Gardiner in Moby-Dick, all conducted by James Conlon, as well as Colline in La Boheme conducted by Gustavo Dudamel. The 2015/16 season also includes his Atlanta Opera debut as Colline in La Boheme. In addition he will appear with the Los Angeles Philharmonic as the Physician in Pelléas et Mélisande, conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen. In the 2016/17 season, Mr. Brownlee returns to LA Opera and will make his Metropolitan Opera debut. He appeared in this year’s Opera in the Park on April 10.