Welcome to Opera Edwardsville
5th Anniversary Season!
July 9, 2022
Goldilocks and the Three Singing Bears | A free opera for kids!
Presented at the Edwardsville Public Library
Over four years, OE has built a portfolio of educational programs that reach a range of students, offering mentorship sessions with our artistic advisor and Grammy-award winning soprano Christine Brewer, masterclasses with Northwestern University professor and President of the National Association for Teachers of Singing (NATS) Karen Brunssen, and an annual opera for kids!
Angel Nicole Riley
Credit: Scott Evers Photography
September 30, 2022
Opera Edwardsville at Edwardsville City Park | A free community concert
Presented outdoors at the Edwardsville City Park
DECEMBER 3, 2022
Opera Edwardsville at Dunham Hall | OE's Signature Ticketed December Concert
Presented by SIUE Arts & Issues at Dunham Hall
Angel Nicole Riley
December 12-23, 2022
The 12 Days of Opera Edwardsville | A free online series
Presented online, via eblast, facebook, and instagram.
Angel Nicole Riley
Photos from filming with Once Films on the stage of the historic Wildey Theatre in July 2022. Credit: Scott Evers Photography
Special thanks to our 2022 Sponsors & Donors
OE's 2022 season would not have been possible without the support of donors and sponsors who help to make arts education accessible to kids and families, support professional development and create opportunities for university singers, and connect over 80,000 members of the community with the arts though OE's in-person and online programs.
OE's 5th Anniversary Season is presented by the Rotary Club of Edwardsville, City of Edwardsville, the Schmidt and Barton Family Fund, Lewis Rice, and Stifel. Additional sponsorship comes from 222 Artisan Bakery, Bank of Madison County, Hortica, Friends of the Wildey Theatre, and the SIYAO Vocal Competition. Special thanks to the Great Rivers and Routes Tourism Bureau, Once Films, Scott Evers Photography, the SIUE Arts & Issues Series, and the many individual donors who have supported our 2022 season.
Support OE: The generosity of donors and sponsors will enable 3 of the 4 programs in OE’s 5th Anniversary Season to be presented free of charge. To support cultural enrichment and arts education, become a sponsor or donor with exciting benefits: www.operaedwardsville.org/donate. OE is a registered 501(c)(3) and donations are tax deductible.
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PIANIST Joseph Welch Named OE Artist-in-Residence
Opera Edwardsville is proud to recognize the incredible talent and contribution of pianist Dr. Joseph Welch through the creation of a new role within the organization.
Joseph has been named the company's first Artist-in-Residence, a designation that includes involvement within all 2022 season events and acknowledges OE's deep appreciation for the talent and expertise that Joseph brings to performances and rehearsals. This new season-long designation has been underwritten by an anonymous donor. OE's ability to welcome world-class singers to Edwarsdville is possible knowing that performances will be in collaboration with a pianist of Joseph's calibre.
Joseph serves as a Professor of Music at Blackburn College. An advocate for the vocal and keyboard arts, Dr. Welch is the Founder and Artistic Director of St. Louis Art Song, which recently hosted Libby Larsen in a weekend residency. He coaches studios in the Opera Theatre of St. Louis Artists-in-Training program and is the Director of Music at First Congregational Church in Bunker Hill, IL. He is the Assistant Music Director for Variety Theatre in St. Louis.
His previous music direction credits include Opera Edwardsville, SIUE's Summer Showbiz, Marble City Opera, Midwest Institute of Opera, and many summer programs. Joseph frequently works with the Illinois Symphony Orchestra. As choral accompanist, he plays for the St. Louis Children's Choirs’ Young Men's Chorus and the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra's Holiday Festival Chorus. Dr. Welch serves on the boards of the Southern Illinois Young Artist Organization and the Bunker Hill Education Foundation. Recent awards include Member of the Year for the Illinois State Music Teachers Association - Gateway Arch East Chapter and Adjunct Instructor of the Year at Blackburn College. Dr. Welch enjoys studying genealogy, gardening, photography, farming, and home remodeling in his free time.
Joseph's new role with Opera Edwarsdville comes as part of our 5th Anniversary Season. In the past four years, Joseph has been a part of over 15 OE events. Looking ahead, OE's future is all the brighter with Joseph's growing involvement within the company.
2022 OE POSter Art
Our 2022 Season Poster features original art by local artist, John DenHouter in a poster designed by Clayton Hopkins.
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 support OE.