Navigate / search


    Support the Palm Springs Opera Guild of the Desert by becoming a member. Read more


    Please "like" us on Facebook and receive notifications about all things opera. Read more

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. He performed the role of Malatesta in Don Pasquale last year with the Merola Program as well as performing in the Merola Grand Finale at the War Memorial Opera House in San Francisco. Earlier this year he sang the role of Ramiro in Ravel’s L’heure espagnole with Opera Memphis, was in the Met semi-finals and won the Opera Birmingham Competition taking First Place and Audience Choice Award. Next season he performs with Fort Worth Opera as well as in a workshop opera.

2014 – Bass-baritone Nicholas Brownlee is a 2015 winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. He is completing 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 and has since  won First Place in the Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition in Cape Town and the coveted Zarzuela Award at Placido Domingo’s Operalia in Guadalajara, Mexico.

Read more

Official Calendar

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


2016/2017 Season



  • Thursday, November 3, 2016 – 3 pm –  Membership Season Opener Party at the home of Board Member Stephen Lind – members only
  • Thursday, November 17, 2016 – 7 pm – Joint event with Virginia Waring International Piano Competition, Three Pianos-Six Hand-One Performance with soprano Anna-Lisa Hackett – McCallum Theatre
  • 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
  • Wednesday, February 8, 2017 – 7 pm – Musical event in association with the Rancho Mirage Public Library – open to the public
  • Thursday, March 30, 2017 – 6:30 pm – Spring Operatic Recital and Fundraiser at a private home in the Vintage Club – open to the public by purchasing ticket
  • Sunday, April 9, 2017 – 1 pm – 19th Annual Opera in the Park at Sunrise Park, Palm Springs – open to the public
  • April, 2017, date to be announced – Thank You Party and Election of Officers at Smoke Tree Ranch courtesy of Yvonne and Steven Maloney – members only
  • May/June, 2017 – Student Outreach – Over 14,000 students in the Palm Springs Unified School District will benefit from the Guild’s Educational Outreach program
Events subject to change