The Opera Guild of Southern Arizona and the University of Arizona School of Music are teaming up to help budding opera talent get a leg up.

The two organizations are hosting an opera showcase of sorts to raise money for the Opera Guild’s scholarship program.

They are presenting an opera competition for vocal students from the UA and Pima Community College, home of a fine vocal program whose students often find themselves at the UA.

In all, $8,000 in prizes is up for grabs.

The guild has been in Tucson since 1958, nurturing and encouraging young talent. In that time, it has granted more than $400,000 in scholarships and competition prizes to help open doors for young artists.

The competition is from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday  at UA’s Holsclaw Hall, North Park Avenue and East Speedway. Tickets are $50 — $30 of which is tax-deductible — and $20 for students through online.

And speaking of opera:

  • UA Opera Theater will mount Mozart’s comic opera “Die Zaubergflöte” (“The Magic Flute”) April 10-12 at Crowder Hall. The performance, directed by newly seated opera theater director
  • David Ward
  • , features
  • Thomas Cockrell
  •  leading the Arizona Symphony Orchestra. Tickets are $20, $15 and $10 through 
  • Arizona Opera closes out its 2013-14 season with Donizetti’s “Don Pasquale.” The intimate new production set in 1950s Hollywood features bass-baritone Craig Colclough in the title role as a former silent film actor who pinches pennies and still finds himself on the short end of the wallet. $25 to $125 through

I cover music for the Arizona Daily Star.