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Overview of Programs

The Guild celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2018.
Read about our history here. 
And keep watching for information on how you can help us celebrate.


 To fulfill its mission the Guild presents numerous events in the Coachella Valley throughout the year.


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The Opera in the Schools Performers

One of the Guild’s major programs is OPERA IN THE SCHOOLS, targeting youth in the greater Palm Springs area. This year’s spring program will introduce operatic music to nearly 17,000 students, which they will 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 2017 Competition will be held on Sunday, December 3 at 3 pm at the Helene Galen Performing Arts Center in Rancho Mirage. Nearly $40,000 in prizes will be awarded.


The Guild’s largest annual event is the renowned OPERA IN THE PARK to be held on Sunday, April 8, 2018. The last Opera in the Park was held on Sunday, April 9, 2017 at Sunrise Park in downtown Palm Springs. Every year 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

Amina Edris, soprano
Madison Leonard, soprano
Jacquelynne Fontaine, soprano
Guadalupe Paz, mezzo-soprano
Ricardo Garcia, tenor
Marcus Klotz, tenor
Joshua Wheeker, tenor
Ben Lowe, baritone

 Music Director was Mona Lands, event coordinator Richard deSantis and executive producer Bruce Johansen.



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, Shakespeare and Opera and Attitude is Everything…a Night at the Opera. The most recent event featured the Opera in the Schools singers performing arias by Handel, Mozart, Verdi, Puccini and Rodgers & Hammerstein with accompanist Constance Gordy.