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)
Over $30,000 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.
2021 Vocal Competition is set for December 4 at the Annenberg Theatre in Palm Springs.
APPLY FOR THE PS OPERA GUILD COMPETITION
Applicants must submit a non-refundable application fee of $40. Applicants must be between the ages of 21 and 35 ( the age requirement has been extended to 35 this year due to the cancellation of the competition last year due to COVID-19) as of December 4, 2021 and reside in the Western United States (AK, AZ, CA, CO, HI, ID, MT, NM, NV, OK, OR, TX, UT, WA, WY) to apply. Transportation to and from the semi-finals and the competition site in the Greater Palm Springs area is the sole responsibility of the applicant. All applicants must be available between the hours of 11 am to 4 pm on Saturday, November 6, 2021, and 11 am to 1 pm on Sunday, November 7, 2021. Finalists must be available to perform on Saturday, December 4, 2021 between 1 pm and 4 pm in Palm Springs.
A minimum of 25 semi-finalists will be selected based on video submissions, bio, and resume. The in-person semi-finals will be held on Saturday, November 6, and Sunday, November 7, 2021, onsite at the Rancho Mirage Library campus, unless the COVID-19 CDC guidelines dictate otherwise. Semi-finalists will be notified on or before October 15, 2021.
Application Fee: $40 – Click here to submit non-refundable payment
Submit 3 OPERATIC ARIAS (see directions below), a current headshot, a short (less than 100-word) bio, and resumé to the Palm Springs Opera Guild CEO at Laurie@palmspringsoperaguild.org.
Aria criteria: 1 aria in the original Italian language, 1 aria in the original English language, 1 arias in any original foreign language(s) other than Italian. *Include the name of the aria, opera and composer.
Send the above info and uploads to Laurie@palmspringsoperaguild.org by October 1, 2021 to be considered. You will be notified if you have been accepted into the live semi-finals phase of the competition by Oct. 15, 2021.
Audition Attire: Tea-length dress; Dress shirt and pants
Accompanist: Accompanist provided or you may bring your own. If you use the PS Opera Guild’s accompanist, please provide a binder with all arias clearly marked, legible and double-sided. Please do not bring music in plastic page sleeves, anthologies or vocal scores.
Prizes: 1st Place will be awarded $10,000 and be featured in their own solo recital concert in Palm Springs in 2022. Cash scholarships will be awarded for the remaining 7 finalists. In addition, finalists will be featured at a minimum of one additional PS Opera Guild event to showcase their talent.
DEADLINE TO APPLY: Monday, October 1, 2021