Navigate / search

  • READ THE SEPT/OCT NEWSLETTER

    Find out the latest news and upcoming events and more CLICK HERE TO READ

  • Follow us on Facebook

    Please "like" us on Facebook and receive notifications about all things opera. CLICK HERE TO READ

  • Tributes

    Contact the Guild at 760.325.6107 to arrange for your contribution to be recognized as a memorial or tribute. An acknowledgment of your tax-deductible gift will be sent.

Donations through Amazon and Ralphs

If you shop regularly at Amazon and/or Ralphs you can register to have a donation made with each purchase at no extra cost to you. This is a perfect way to support the many free community events the PSOG provides without your having to lift a finger. Once you have registered, Amazon and Ralphs will automatically donate a portion of your purchase to the Guild.

Simply register at Amazon Smile here. Then register here for Ralphs. Our NPO number for Ralphs is 84325 or Palm Springs Opera Guild of the Desert

Overview of Programs

The 2019-20 season will mark the Palm Spring Opera Guild’s 52nd anniversary. We are proudly one of the oldest non-profit organizations in the Coachella Valley.
Read about our history here. 

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 spring assemblies introduce opera to some 25,000 students each year.

VOCAL COMPETITION

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. 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 Lowe and 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 year, the  Vocal Competition finals will take place on Sunday, December 8, 2019 at the Annenberg Theatre at the Palm Springs Art Museum.

SINGERS – APPLY ONLINE HERE

The deadline to apply is October 6, 2019

OPERAtunity

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. This year the Palm Springs Opera Guild commissioned writer and composer Michael Ching to write a modern opera with a storyline about bullying and depression – THRIVERS. THRIVERS was performed for the general public on January 26 at Rancho Mirage Library. In 2020, OPERAtunity moves to a Summer program to have the ability to reach even more students.

OPERA IN THE PARK

The Guild’s largest annual event is the renowned OPERA 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. The 2020 concert will be held on Sunday, April 5.

OPERA COMMUNITY OUTREACH 

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 and Billions & Billions of Stars & Fours Singers. Watch for the new Community Outreach program that will feature “Love Arias” on February 5, 2020. Visit our Event Calendar for more details.

2019/20 OPERA LECTURE SERIES

We are all about educating and exposing people of all ages to the operatic arts. Be sure to join us for a Lecture Series starting September 24, 2019. Kip Cranna, Dramaturg Emeritus with the San Francisco Opera will be presenting…

“Who’s Afraid of Opera?”

It’s grand.  It’s glorious.  It’s over the top.  It’s Opera!   No previous experience necessary.  Just watch, listen, and enjoy. Go to the Event Calendar tab to mark the upcoming dates, Sept. 24, Dec. 3, and Feb 11 on your calendar.