Vocal Competition

Front row: Vladimir Dmitruk, Adam Lau, Alexa Jarvis, Julie Adams, Vanessa Vasquez, Hannah Ludwig, Tammie Bradley Back row: David Castillo, Arnold Geis, Efraín Solís
2013 Competition Finalists Vladimir Dmitruk, Adam Lau, Alexa Jarvis, Julie Adams, Vanessa Vasquez, Hannah Ludwig, Michelle Bradley
Back row: David Castillo, Arnold Geis, Efraín Solís

 

 FIRST PLACE WINS $7000

The Palm Springs Opera Guild of the Desert will present the 31st Annual Vocal Competition at 3pm on December 7th at the brand new Helene Galen Performing Arts Center at Rancho Mirage High School.  This annual free event is one of three major programs produced by the Guild. The Competition offers talented young singers an opportunity to perform before an enthusiastic audience and win valuable scholarships.  This year 8 finalists will compete and, as last year, an Audience Choice Award of $1000 will be given.  First prize is $7000, 2nd prize $5000 and 3rd prize $3000.  Each runner up will receive $1000.

Many past winners now celebrities

 

Sondra Radvanovsky

Sondra Radvanovsky

Many Competition winners are currently singing with major opera companies in such venues as Vienna, Paris, Amsterdam, Rome, the New York Metropolitan, LA Opera, San Diego Opera and Santa Fe Opera.  Among the most famous are tenor Charles Castronovo who has appeared in virtually every major opera house in the world; soprano Sondra Radvanovsky who recently appeared in the title role of Tosca at Royal Opera House Covent Garden and sang to critical acclaim in Norma at the Met; soprano Angela Meade, featured on the current cover of Opera News and singing in William Tell this December in Toronto, New York and Ann Arbor and in the Met production of Ernani in March/April, 2015; and soprano Amber Wagner who debuted at the Met in Nabucco and was featured in the film THE AUDITIONCLICK HERE TO READ ABOUT PAST WINNERS

Who Competes?

Young men and women between the ages of 18 and 32 in the calendar year residing in the western United States submit applications and are auditioned to narrow the field down to eight finalists.  The auditions will be held on  November 15th and 16th at UCLA and on November 22nd at the Rancho Mirage High School Helene Galen Performing Arts Center.  Each finalist performs two arias at the final Competition; all singers receive a scholarship, with prizes totaling more than $20,000.  In addition, an Audience Choice prize  of $1000 will be awarded.  The event allows young singers to earn valuable experience, cash scholarships, community recognition of their achievements and the opportunity to advance their careers.

The Judges and Music Director

Our distinguished judges will be Charles MacKay (General Director of Santa Fe Opera), Dr. Nicolas Reveles (representing San Diego Opera) and Joshua Winograde (Senior Director of Artistic Planning at LA Opera.)   The Palm Springs Opera Guild Music Director is acclaimed UCLA vocal coach and accompanist Mona Lands.

 

Our Generous Benefactors

The Guild is especially grateful to the generous scholarship sponsors of the 2013 Competition: Ron Lavo, Barbara Pomar & Craig Salsbury, Renée Glickman, Armen Kazarian, Jean Carrus, Stephen Lind, Terry Hendrix, Bruce Johansen and Donald Osborne & Frank Garofolo.

2013 Vocal Competition Finalists:

First Place: Adam Lau, Bass

Second Place: Efraín Solís, Baritone

Third Place: Michelle Bradley, Soprano

Fourth Place: Julie Adams, Soprano

Fifth Place: Vladimir Dmitruk, Tenor

Runners-Up: David Castillo, Baritone; Arnold Geis, Tenor; Alexa Jarvis, Soprano; Hannah Ludwig, Mezzo-soprano and Vanessa Vasquez, Soprano

Audience Choice Award: Michelle Bradley, Soprano

 

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2012 Competition Finalists


2012 Vocal Competition Finalists

Ludwig, Garnier, Počkaj, Harris, Dyachek, Rapier, Guerrero, Chang, Bliss, Adams

First Place: Renée Rapier, Mezzo-soprano

Second Place: Hae Ji Chang, Soprano

Third Place: Julie Adams, Soprano

Fourth Place: Marina Harris, Soprano  (Appeared in Opera in the Park April 7th)

Fifth Place: Hannah Ludwig, Mezzo-soprano

Runners up: Joshua Guerrero, Tenor, Yelena Dyachek, Soprano, Benjamin Bliss, Tenor, Alannah Garnier, Soprano and Jure Počkaj, Baritone.  (Mssrs Guerrero and Počkaj and Alannah Garnier appeared in Opera in the Park April 7th)

Encouragement Award: David Castillo, Baritone.  (Appeared in Opera in the Park April 7th)

The distinguished judges were  Charles MacKay (General Director, Santa Fe Opera), Joshua Winograde (Artistic Administrator and Director, the Domingo-Thornton Young Artist Program of  LA Opera) and Ian Campbell (General Director, San Diego Opera).  Mona Lands was Music Director and pianist.

2011 Competition Finalists

2011 Competition Finalists Blake, Adams, Gallaway, Garcia, Zammit, Guerrero, Lau, LaGesse, Avetisyan and Vu with Kenneth Morris and Mona Lands

Blake, Adams, Gallaway, Garcia, Zammit, Guerrero, Lau, LaGesse, Avetisyan and Vu with Kenneth Morris and Mona Lands

First Place:  Anush Avetisyan, Soprano

Second Place: Adam Paul Lau, Bass

Third Place: Ricardo Garcia, Tenor

Fourth Place: Joshua Guerrero, Tenor

Fifth Place: Nicholas Zammit, Countertenor

Runners-Up: Julie Adams, Soprano, Aaron Blake, Tenor, Jenina Gallaway, Soprano, Nicholas LaGesse, Baritone and Julia Metzler, Soprano

Encouragement Award:  Brian Vu

 

2010 Competition Finalists

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Fontaine, Kim, Harris, Hirsch, Sayapin, Batalles, Vinzant and Vuong

First Place: Jacquelynne Fontaine, Soprano

Second Place: Yujoong Kim, Tenor

Third Place: Karen Vuong, Soprano

Fourth Place: Joshua Guerrero, Tenor

Fifth Place: Marina Harris, Soprano

Runners-Up: Melissa Batalles, Soprano, Rachael Hirsch, Mezzo-Soprano, Alexey Sayapin, Tenor, and Valerie Vinzant, Soprano

Encouragement Award: Anna Schubert, Soprano

2009 Competition Finalists

2009 Vocal Competition Winners

Cox, Walker, KnJoi, Fontaine, Arsenault, Park, Ruthenberg, Na, Guerrero and Carpenter

 

First Place: Tracy Cox,  Mezzo-soprano

Second Place: Danielle Walker, Soprano

Third Place: Samantha KnJoi, Soprano

Fourth Place: Jacquelynne Fontaine, Soprano

Fifth Place: Julian Arsenault, Baritone

Runners-Up: Douglas Carpenter, Baritone;  Joshua Guerrero, Tenor;  Bora Na, Soprano; Yoosun Park, Soprano; Tatyana Ruthenberg, Soprano