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Student Outreach to introduce opera to thousands of school children

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Each spring the Guild launches an ambitious Outreach program for Coachella Valley students from first grade through high school.  The 2015 program will introduce  over 12,000 children in schools throughout the Coachella Valley to the basics of opera.  Board member Andrew Eisenmann oversees the program and bass Nathan Van Arsdale hosts the assemblies with the aid of a group of talented young singers.

The singers this year are:

Soprano Anna-Lisa Hackett
Soprano Anna-Lisa Hackett
Mezzo-soprano Erin Gonzalez
Mezzo-soprano Erin Gonzalez
Tenor Moises Salazar
Tenor Moises Salazar
Baritone Brian Myer
Baritone Brian Myer
Bass-baritone Nathan Van Arsdale
Bass Nathan Van Arsdale

Constance Gordy
Constance Gordy, accompanist

Participating Schools:

Bubbling Wells Elementary, Desert Hot Springs High School, Two Bunch Palms Elementary, Della Lindley Elementary, Bella Vista Elementary, Rio Vista Elementary, Vista Del Monte Elementary, Cathedral City High Schol, Palm Springs High School, Julius Corsini Elementary, Cabot Yerxa Elementary, Rancho Mirage High School, Rancho Mirage Elementary, Cathedral City Elementary and Desert Springs Middle School

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Thank You Party April 15

 

David Wilkinson, Arnold Geis and Marina Harris
David Wilkinson, Arnold Geis and Marina Harris

 

One of the perks of being a member of The Palm Springs Opera Guild is enjoying free parties with operatic entertainment throughout the year.  If you are not yet a member and want to take advantage of these events, click here and follow the prompts.  The most recent get-together was the  annual “Thank You Party” at Smoke Tree Ranch on April 15.  Entertainment was provided by soprano Marina Harris and tenor Arnold Geis, both of whom were finalists in the Guild’s annual Vocal Competition.  The program, generously underwritten by Yvonne and Steven Maloney, featured acclaimed USC vocal coach and accompanist David Wilkinson.  View photos by clicking here.

 

 

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, 2014 and was a winner in the Met National Council Auditions in NYC in March.  Nicholas has appeared in productions at Rice, Wolf Trap and Tel Aviv and appeared in the Guild’s Opera in the Park this past April 12. Among other engagements at LA Opera, he sang several roles in The Ghosts of Versailles and the role of Lycos in Hercules vs. Vampires.  As a member of the Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist Program at LA Opera, Nicholas returns next season as Captain Gardiner in Moby-Dick, the Speaker in The Magic Flute, the Bonze in Madama Butterfly and Colline in La bohème.

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 appeared 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


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.