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)

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 CV Rep Theatre in Palm Springs.


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 10 am to 4 pm on Saturday, November 6, 2021, and 10 am to 4 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 and February 8, 2022.

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

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 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 February 2022. Cash scholarships will be awarded for the remaining 7 finalists. In addition, finalists may be featured at a minimum of one additional PS Opera Guild event to showcase their talent.

DEADLINE TO APPLY: Monday, October 1, 2021

Good Luck!


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.