Founded in 2014, Desert Opera is committed to providing professional opera productions in the Coachella Valley and introducing the art form an entire community. Desert Opera is a subsidiary of the International Opera Institute, a nonprofit organization committed to raising the awareness of opera through outreach and education.
Desert Opera is funded with support of individuals, corporations and foundations. We appreciate the generosity and commitment of our contributors who enable us to bring live opera to our community.
Rose Kingsley; President / Artistic Director / Vocal Instructor: Rose Kingsley is the founder of Desert Opera and the International Opera Institute (IOI). She is one of the world’s foremost leading Dramatic Sopranos. Rose Kingsley began her career, not only with singing, but with ballet, performing with The American Ballet Theatre and The Royal Ballet of London, becoming a member of the prestigious Royal Academy of Dancing, London, England. Although she first appeared on the Operatic Stage as a dancer with The Metropolitan Opera, her love of singing led her to focus her talents on Opera – her “other” passion! In the early eighties she was brought to the attention of Lawrence Stayer, then Artistic Director of The Metropolitan Opera and later became his protégé where she received her formal vocal training.
She has performed for three U.S. Presidents and HRH Prince Charles. She has also performed for the Thirtieth Anniversary of the first American in space, Alan Shepard, with Walter Cronkite; with Hugh Downs, and Bob Hope; for The Democratic and Republican Conventions; and sung the National Anthem for all NFL, AFL football and major league baseball teams. She was the first opera singer to perform at the Bob Hope Desert Classic Show alongside Bob Hope, Frank Sinatra, Vic Damone, and John Denver. She has contributed her time performing in fundraisers: To include The Astronaut Scholarship Foundation and Give Kids the World. She was co-composer of the first opera ever written about an actual U.S. Space mission, “Apollo 14 – A Space Opera”. It debuted, on May 9th 2002, at the New York City Opera, to rave reviews!