2019 In Review
2019 has been a momentous year for Opera Edwardsville. OE’s 2019 season kicked off in September, welcoming American treasure Christine Brewer and renowned pianist, Craig Terry in concert. OE provided five free masterclasses to three universities, including Webster, UMSL, and SIUE, with voice teacher Karen Brunssen from Northwestern University. Throughout the fall, OE and SIUE presented “Pinocchio,” an opera for children that reached over a thousand elementary students.
Our 2019 Season closes with our second annual “Christmas at the Wildey: A Wagnerian Christmas” on December 20, 2019. OE’s signature concert series will feature guest soloists soprano Julie Tabash Kelsheimer, Scottish mezzo-soprano Penelope Cousland, and thirteen St. Louis area musicians. We hope you enjoy the show. Thank you for your support in 2019. Cheers to the Holidays and New Year!
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 about what's in store for 2020.