I can’t help but look forward to Sunday, April 7 and the 15th annual Opera in the Park gala event. Although beautiful music is the focus of that event I am most intrigued by the important work that Palm Springs Opera Guild of the Desert is doing for our young people. The level of talent is simply astounding.
I recently read that their 2013 program which is held from late May through early June will introduce more than 12,000 students to the music of the Opera. Imagine the doors that will open for these young minds that are the very definition of our future. This year the incredibly beautiful and talented Anush Avetisyan will be performing. Currently a senior at UCLA she is also a student of Vladimir Chernof, one of the greatest operatic voices of all time. There are few things more heart stopping than hearing the voices of the ages hit musical notes that most of us never knew existed.
The Guild is on a mission to educate and promote the superb operatic performances of our times to the largest and most diverse audience possible. Operas tell a story in the most beautiful and musical way. Each one is an event in and of itself that can be enjoyed again and again. Filipino-American baritone David Castillo will also be on hand. A Masters candidate at the prestigious Thornton School of USC, Castillo is also the 2010 grand prize winner of the Stuart Brady competition.
A special appearance by Grammy nominated tenor Rodell Rosel is highly anticipated. Rosel made his Metropolitan Opera debut as Valzacchi in Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier. He has also appeared on the most famous opera stages across the country winning acclaim and numerous awards including the People’s Choice Award from the José Iturbi International Music Competition.
This event also brings in a particular level of home buyers that I always enjoy catering to. Sophisticated, eclectic and discerning these are luxury home buyers who know exactly what they are looking for. With all the publicity surrounding our local Coachella Music Festival and the Stagecoach Festival it is easy to forget that we also live in an area that embraces the highest levels of Opera and fine art.
On Sunday, April 7 I hope you will spend the afternoon relaxing in the park and listening to the most exquisite operatic voices of the future. Sunrise Park will be alive with the sound of music and exciting young people with vision and purpose. I hope you will join me in supporting all of them.