Palm Springs Opera Guild

Vocal Competition

First-Place Julie Adams, Soprano (2nd from right); Second-Place Alec Carlson , Tenor (3rd from right); Third Place Rose Taylor, Soprano (4th from right); Fourth Place Ben Lowe, Baritone (2nd from left); Runner Ups Brennan Blankenship, Mezzo-soprano (3rd from left); JJ Lopez, Tenor (center); Gerardo de la Torré, Baritone (1st on right). Accompanist, David Wilkinson (1st on left)

$42,500 in cash scholarships awarded…

Produced by the Palm Springs Opera Guild of the Desert over the past thirty-five years, the Palm Springs Vocal Competition has awarded scholarships to hundreds of young men and women who are preparing for a career in the operatic arts. The finalists, selected through an auditioning process, perform before a live audience. The finals judges include professionals charged with discovering new talent for their opera productions.

December 2020 competition cancelled

Unfortunately, this year’s annual Vocal Competition has been cancelled. In light of COVID-19, our beloved competition will be postponed unil December 2021 for the safety of our opera competitors, our professional judges, and audience.



Are you an aspiring opera singer? Singers residing in the western United States between 21 and 34 years age can audition to compete in our annual competition. Watch for future updates for details. Palm Springs Opera Guild utilizes an online audition process that opens around July of each year. Singers are selected to audition in person in front of an esteemed panel of judges. Eight singers are then selected to compete in the finals held in December. Watch for details.


Stars Are Born…

Sondra Radvanovsky

Several finalists from past competitions have gone on to achieve significant success in their field. Vocal competitions like these enable emerging singers to perfect their craft and start to get recognition as they rise up in the ranks of operatic performance. Several first-place winners are currently singing with major opera companies in such venues as Vienna, Paris, Amsterdam, Rome, the New York Metropolitan, LA Opera, San Diego Opera and Santa Fe Opera. Four of the most famous are performing regularly in opera companies around the world. Notable singers include soprano Sondra Radvanovsky; soprano Angela Meade; tenor Charles Castronovo; Lauren Michelle, soprano, Angel Blue, soprano, and soprano Amber Wagner.