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Congratulations to soprano Vanessa Vasquez for winning First Place in the Zachary Competition on May 15 and First Place in the Giulio Gari Competition

Second place in the Zachary Competition went to baritone John Viscardi, Third to baritone Jarrett Ott, Fourth to tenor Galeano Salas, Fifth to tenor Robert Norman and Sixth to soprano Jungwon Choi who also won the Encouragement Award.Tenor Mario Rojas, baritone Kihun Yoon, soprano Christie Conover and soprano Jessica Rose Cambio were also outstanding finalists.

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:

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.



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Official Calendar

For information on how to attend the following events please contact the Guild office at 760.325.6107.


2016/2017 Season



  • May 23 – June 3, 2016 – Student Outreach
  • Sunday, November 6, 2016 – 3 pm –  Membership Season Opener Party at the home of Board Member Stephen Lind – members only
  • Sunday, December 4, 2016 – 3 pm – 33rd Annual Vocal Competition at Helene Galen Performing Arts Center, Rancho Mirage High School – open to the public
  • Sunday, December 4, 2016 – 6:30 pm – Exclusive Allegro Cocktail Party with finalists from the Competition in a private home – Allegro members only
  • Sunday, April 9, 2017 – 1 pm – 19th Annual Opera in the Park at Sunrise Park, Palm Springs – open to the public
  • Wednesday, February 8, 2017 – 7pm – Musical event in association with the Rancho Mirage Public Library
  • May/June, 2017 – Student Outreach
Events subject to change