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The non-profit Opera Showcase of the Desert celebrates its thirty-seventh year as an Associate of the Metropolitan Opera National Council - Western Region (aka MONC-WR). During these 37 years, several notable opera stars made their debut at our Showcase Concert, held annually each Winter to give desert music lovers the joy of hearing the future stars of the opera. The singers presented at the Showcase Concert are winners and finalists of the current year’s Metropolitan Opera National Council Western Regional Auditions.

Opera Showcase of the Desert is one of the few organizations established for the sole purpose of providing our MONC-WR finalists a “showcase” for their talents in advance of the national auditions in New York City.  Opera Showcase also assists these young singers with financial support to aid their career preparation. Over the past three decades Opera Showcase of the Desert donated in excess of a quarter of a million dollars directly to the artists, the MONC-WR and the Metropolitan Opera Education Program.

Opera stars who sang at the Showcase Concert before appearing onstage at the Metropolitan Opera in New York include Thomas Hampson, Deborah Voigt, Michelle DeYoung, Sondra Radanovsky, Jessica Rivera and Carol Vaness. Up and coming opera singers who sang in Showcase Concert and also at the MET include Richard Paul Fink, Rodell Rosel and Amber Wagner.