The Palm Springs Opera Guild of the Desert is a 501(c)(3) cultural organization which works to encourage and support young singers with financial assistance and performance opportunities and to promote opera in the community through student and adult Outreach programs
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To fulfill its mission the Guild presents numerous events in the Coachella Valley throughout the year.
OPERA IN THE SCHOOLS
One of the Guild’s major programs is OPERA IN THE SCHOOLS, targeting youth in the greater Palm Springs area. The assemblies introduce opera to some 15,000 students each year.
DOROTHY NOCITA MEMORIAL VOCAL COMPETITION
Another major event produced by the Guild is the annual DOROTHY NOCITA VOCAL COMPETITION which allows young singers to compete for scholarships. Many competition winners are currently singing with major opera companies around the world. In the most recent competition, First Place went to tenor Carlos Enrique Santelli, Second Place to soprano Grace Kahl, Third Place to soprano Taylor Haines, Fourth Place to baritone Ben Loweand Runners Up prizes went to soprano Tara Wheeker, mezzo-soprano Brennan Blankenship, tenor Luis Leon, tenor JJ Lopez and baritone Gerardo de la Torre.
This educational program provides young adults to learn from Opera experts and professionals. The 2-week intensive workshop is limited to high school students in the Coachella Valley. In 2019, the Palm Springs Opera Guild commissioned writer and composer, Michael Ching. Mr. Ching wrote a modern opera with a storyline about bullying and depression – THRIVERS. THRIVERS will be performed for the general public on January 26 at Rancho Mirage Library.
OPERA IN THE PARK
The Guild’s largest annual event is the renownedOPERA IN THE PARK in Sunrise Park, Palm Springs. Every year this free concert of opera arias draws thousands from all over Southern California in a celebration of great operatic music with a professional orchestra conducted by Valery Ryvkin. The cast in 2018 featured Liv Redpath, Alyssa Wills and Sunmi Shin, sopranos, Erin Gonzalez, mezzo-soprano, Jesús León, Carlos Enrique Santelli and Joshua Wheeker, tenors and Ben Lowe, baritone.
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,Shakespeare and Opera and Attitude is Everything…a Night at the Opera. The most recent event was held on Wednesday, January 17, 2018.