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.
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 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 5, 2019
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.
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.