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 community programs is OPERA IN THE SCHOOLS, targeting youth in the greater Palm Springs area. The spring time assemblies introduce opera to some 15,000 students each year.
Another major event produced by the Guild is the annual DOROTHY NOCITA MEMORIAL 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 year’s competition will be held on Sunday, December 1.
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 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. Join us this year on Sunday, April 7. It’s free!
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, Billions and Billions of Stars and Four Singers, was held on January 16.