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Overview of Programs

This year the Guild celebrates its 50th anniversary
Read about our history here. 

 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. The 2018 Competition will be held on Sunday, December 2.

OPERA IN THE PARK

The Guild’s largest annual event is the renowned OPERA IN THE PARK, scheduled for Sunday, April 7, 2019. Every year this free concert of opera arias draws thousands from all over Southern California in a celebration of great opera music with a professional orchestra conducted by Valery Ryvkin. The cast for this year’s opera in the park 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

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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. It’s all FREE.