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Thank You Party April 15


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


The Palm Springs Opera Guild held its annual “Thank You Party” at Smoke Tree Ranch on April 15.  This event was limited to members and their guests.  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.

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. He is covering for the LA Opera production of Le nozze di Figaro later this year and covered for Charlie Soong in Santa Fe Opera’s Dr. Sun Yat-Sen last year.  Nicholas has appeared in productions at Rice, Wolf Trap, LA Opera and Tel Aviv and appeared in the Guild’s Opera in the Park this April 12. Among other engagements he has been cast in the role of Colline in the LA Opera production of La bohème in 2016. Nicholas was one of the winners in the Metropolitan Opera’s recent National Council Auditions in NYC.

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. This month 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


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.