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50th Anniversary Gala – Feb 28, 2018

Celebrating Fifty Years of Cultural Impact

Here at the Palm Springs Opera Guild we are as surprised as anyone to realize that this is the 50th year serving our desert community!

What started in 1968 as the Palm Springs Opera Company, producing operas at the Palm Springs High School auditorium, has blossomed into a deeply socially-conscious force whose aims are to help safeguard the future of opera.

With over 800 non-profit organizations in the desert, Palm Springs Opera Guild stands out for several reasons – Opera in the Park, celebrating 20 years as the desert’s premier opera event; the Palm Springs Vocal Competition, giving amazing fledgling voices their first start for 34 years; and our tremendous Opera in the Schools program which impacts 15,000 students a year.

Almost 50 years ago we began a partnership with the Annenberg Theater as we started to produce operas in their stunning newly-built space. As the Palm Springs Art Museum moves into its 80th year in the desert, we are thrilled to celebrate our 50th Gala in their building. From their original location on La Plaza, the museum has grown from strength to strength, and from a museum that Native American artifacts, the natural sciences, and the environment of the surrounding Coachella Valley to a world-class art museum with a vibrant theater program.

Please join us on Wednesday, February 28th 2018 for a stunning event as we ask you to celebrate our golden jubilee. We’ll have fantastic music in the Annenberg and fabulous food upstairs in the atrium amidst the collections. Tickets start at $195 for a cocktail reception in the sculpture garden and entertainment by the acclaimed classical group VOX, made famous on NBC TV’s “America’s Got Talent.” The full ticket, which includes theater seating for the performance, cocktail reception and celebratory dinner, is priced at $350 for Premier Seating and $500 for VIP seating. Reserve now by calling 760.325.6107 or by email at

Sponsorship packages are available for the event by contacting PSOG at 760.325.6107.

Official Calendar

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


2017/18 Season


  • Sunday, November 12, 2017 – 3 pm – Annual Membership Party at the home of board member Stephen Lind – open to all members
  • Friday, December 1, 2017 – 7 pm – Galen First Friday Opera Recital – Palm Springs Art Museum, Hwy 111 @ El Paseo, Rancho Mirage – open to the public
  • Sunday, December 3, 2017 – 3 pm – 34th annual Dorothy Nocita Memorial Vocal Competition at the Helene Galen Performing Arts Center, Rancho Mirage – open to the public
  • Sunday, December 3, 2017 – 6 pm – Post Competition Allegro Cocktail Party featuring finalists in the Competition – Allegro members only
  • Wednesday, January 17, 2018 – 5 pm – Adult Community Outreach Program at Rancho Mirage Public Library – open to the public
  • January 9-21, 2018 – Operaschön – PSOG partners with the Palm Springs Unified School District to work with high school students in vocal studies
  • Monday, January 22, 2018 – 8 pmNathan Gunn, Baritone McCallum Theater, Palm Desert – free for Allegro and Bravissimo members
  • Wednesday, February 28, 2018 – 50th Anniversary Gala – 5 pm – Palm Springs Art Museum and Annenberg Theater – fundraiser open to the public
  • Friday, March 16, 2018 – Société d’ Allegro DinnerPop Up Event – ‘Fifty Shades of Opera’ – Allegro members only
  • Sunday, April 8, 2018 – 1 pm – 20th annual Opera in the Park – open to the public
  • Wednesday, April 25, 2018 – Thank You Party and Election of Officers – open to all members
  • May/June, 2018 – 14th annual Opera in the Schools – Over 15,000 Students in the Palm Springs Unified School District will benefit from the Guild’s Educational Outreach Program
Events subject to change