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A program for high school classical vocal training.

Two composers, three singers, a librettist, a coordinator, plus an accompanist, come together for OPERAtunity – a ten-day vocal workshop intensive for 15 qualified high school singers from the Palm Springs Unified School District.

This intensive program, OPERAtunity, will take place January 10 – 21, 2018 and begins with a placement audition at each school the week before the workshops. Of the students chosen for the intensive, no more than five will be from each school (DHSHS, RMHS, CCHS, PSHS). The workshops are college level and are aimed at career preparation for students interested in exploring a career either as singers, or in the administrative world of classical music.

During the intensive, students will be assigned at least one solo piece and one ensemble repertoire that will introduce them to the concepts and techniques inherent to classical vocal performance (breath support, diction, practice/time-management, stage presence, historical context, and modern developments.)

Throughout the workshop, students will work one-on-one with the professional staff preparing for a showcase at the end of the program which will include scenes from Speed Dating Tonight – Michael Ching’s comic opera Speed Dating Tonight! which tells the story of a single hour in the lives of a group of people experiencing speed dating for the first time. It takes place in a local restaurant and includes colorful characters like a car salesman, origami designer, realtor, Tech addicts, and an over-the-top cat lover. Love at first sight, as well as two exes running into each other, are just two of the comical and romantic moments. The students will learn and perform this modern-day opera over the course of 11 days.

The show, at the Helene Galen Performing Arts Center on Sunday, January 21, will feature the high-school singers. In addition, one student will take part in the Palm Springs Opera Guild’s Quartetto performance at the Rancho Mirage Library on Wednesday, January 17.