THE GUILD’S ANNUAL PROGRAMS
To fulfill its mission the Guild presents numerous events in the Coachella Valley throughout the year.
One of the Guild’s community 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 hopefully 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 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 the $1,000 Audience Choice winner.
OPERA IN THE PARK
The Guild’s largest annual event is the renowned OPERA IN THE PARK. This FREE concert is a day-long celebration of opera music in an informal, tranquil outdoor setting with a professional orchestra and young up and coming opera singers. The 19th annual Opera in the Park will be held on Sunday, April 9, 2017 at Sunrise Park in downtown Palm Springs.
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