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.
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 soprano Julie Adams, Second Place to tenor Alec Carlson, Third Place to soprano Taylor Haines, Fourth Place to baritone Ben Lowe and Runners Up prizes went to mezzo-soprano Brennan Blankenship, tenor 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
This educational program provides young adults to learn from Opera experts and professionals. The 2-week intensive workshop is limited to young adult age 15-21 years old that reside in the Coachella Valley. This year the Palm Springs Opera Guild will hold a Community Showcase for the general public on June 27, 2020, at the Rancho Mirage Library & Observatory.
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 has been postponed. Originally scheduled for Sunday, April 5- the NEW tentative date is Sunday, October 25.
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 coming on February 17, 2021. Visit our Event Calendar for updated details.
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 October 10, 2020. Kip Cranna, Dramaturg Emeritus with the San Francisco Opera will be presenting a new lecture series…watch for more details to come soon.
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, October 10, Dec. 1, and Feb 23, 2021 on your calendar.