Welcome to Opera Edwardsville
Upcoming virtual performances
The 12 Days of Opera Edwardsville
A FREE holiday concert, broadcast online for twelve days! Join us for a daily filmed performance from December 12-23, 2020, or watch the entire program after December 23rd - Just in time for Christmas!
Sponsored by Stifel, Lewis Rice, and OE's 2020 donors.
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The Three Little Pigs: An opera for kids—On Film!
A FREE performance and a virtual field trip online, featuring the talented student performers of SIUE in an operatic adaptation for kids. The magic of opera meets the music of Mozart!
Generously sponsored by the Edwardsville Rotary Club.
Special thanks to our 2020 Presenting Sponsors & Partners
A Note From the Founder
Welcome to Opera Edwardsville, where the history and charm of Edwardsville meet the power and beauty of Opera.
Our mission is to develop an arts organization for the benefit of Edwardsville, Illinois and the St. Louis Metro-East community with the goals of providing musical excellence, educational outreach, community development, an artistic platform, and cultural enrichment.
Music is an important part of Edwardsville’s history, with a 175-year-old Municipal Band, the iconic Mississippi River Festival, and now Opera Edwardsville. We use a European model to make OE a unique musical experience. Seeing the impact of these model opera festivals both large and small on the communities in which they are rooted inspired the creation of our organization. Through concerts, lectures, recitals, operas, masterclasses, and educational outreach programs, OE exposes audiences to bold artistic ideas, powerful dramas, fascinating history, global perspectives, and beautiful music through the shared experience of live opera.
Sharing the music I love with my hometown is an absolute joy. I am grateful for the support, enthusiasm and momentum behind Opera Edwardsville and consider it a great privilege to be contributing to the arts community in Edwardsville. I am so grateful for the many individuals, organizations, and businesses who sponsored us in 2018 and 2019, and am excited for our revised 2020 season.