Overview of Programs
To fulfill its mission the Guild presents numerous events in the Coachella Valley throughout the year.
- The Outreach Performers
One of the Guild’s major programs is OPERA OUTREACH, targeting youth in the greater Palm Springs area. The 2016 program introduced nearly 17,000 students to operatic music which they will hopefully enjoy throughout their lifetimes.
Another major event produced by the Guild is the annual VOCAL COMPETITION which allows young singers to compete for scholarships. Many competition winners are currently singing with major opera companies around the world. The 2016 Competition was held on Sunday, December 4 at the Helene Galen Performing Arts Center in Rancho Mirage. Over $40,000 in prizes were awarded. In addition, the free concert included presentation of the Rossini Awards and $1,000 to the Audience Choice winner.
OPERA IN THE PARK
The Guild’s largest annual event is the renowned OPERA IN THE PARK. The 19th annual Opera in the Park will be held on Sunday, April 9, 2017 at Sunrise Park in downtown Palm Springs. This free concert of opera arias draws people from all over Southern California in a celebration of great opera music with a professional orchestra conducted by Valery Ryvkin. The cast this year featured Michelle Drever, soprano, Anna-Lisa Hackett, soprano, Jungwon Choi, soprano, Arnold Geis, tenor, Joshua Guerrero, tenor, Mario Rojas, tenor, Ben Lowe, baritone and Nicholas Brownlee, bass baritone performing arias and ensembles by Bellini, Borodin, Donizetti, Mozart, Puccini, Rossini, Sondheim, Sullivan and Verdi. Music Director was Mona Lands, event coordinator Richard deSantis and producer Bruce Johansen.
RANCHO MIRAGE LIBRARY
The Guild offers a number of Prime Time Outreach lectures and performances in association with the Rancho Mirage Public Library. Previous library programs included a preview of Madama Butterfly, Jewish Composers and the Creation of the American Musical, The Art of Bel Canto, L’amour, toujours l’amour and Shakespeare and Opera. The most recent event, “Attitude is Everything…a Night at the Opera“, was held on Wednesday, February 8.