Welcome to Opera Edwardsville

2024 Season

Opera for Kids: 

Little Red Riding Hood

Saturday, July 13, 2024

Edwardsville Public Library

Opera Edwardsville 

at Edwardsville City Park

Friday, August 23, 2024

Edwardsville City Park

Opera Edwardsville 

at the Historic Wildey Theatre

Thursday, December 19, 2024

Wildey Theatre


Sponsorships of $5,000+

Lead Season Sponsor

Lead Season Sponsor

Lead Season Sponsor


Sponsorships of $2,500+


Sponsorships of $300+


OE gratefully acknowledges those donors who have made gifts in 2023 to support our upcoming season. 

To show your support for arts in our community, consider making a tax-deductible donation. More information can be found here


Gifts of $2,500+


The Schmidt and Barton Family Fund


Gifts of $1,000+

Craig Becker and Richard Schlesinger

Robert Schuh and Lara Oakley

Bart and Meg Solon

Bob Wetzel and Brenda Mainer


Gifts of $500+

Kathryn and Robert Biarkis

Randall and Linda Irwin

SJ and Emily Morrison

Suzanne Nevins

Joe and Linda Stevens

Mark Somma


Gifts of $300+

John and Judy Baisch

Rich and Mary Berry

Cathy Crowder

Jack and Yonsook Enloe

Peg Flach and John Zuelke

Carol Gerdt and John Harvey

Tom and Mary Hewlett

Ann and Susan Hume

Mary Ruth Kettenbach

Michael Lambert and Tim Hutchison

Brad Lewis and Sue Betts

Cara Lytle

Vera McCoy-Sulentic

Kate and John Motley

Michael and Michelle Mulligan

Tom and Joan Osaben

Amy Redmer and Eric Diluzio

Dave Thomas

David and Kay Werner

S. LaVernn Wilson

Christine Winter


Gifts up to $299

Donna and Tom Bardon

Dale and Becky Claussen

David Hanser

Stephen Mudge

Paul and Carol Nativi

Lyndia Pezza

Cathy Weiss


2024 Season Poster

2024 Season poster features original art by painter Cynthia Hamilton in a poster designed by Clayton Hopkins. 

© Opera Edwardsville 2024

Artist’s Biography

An Edwardsville native, Cynthia Hamilton has a BS in Education from Eastern Illinois University, two BFAs and an MFA from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco (Illustration, Fashion Illustration, and Painting) and was an art director and computer graphics animator for Electronic Arts and Crystal Dynamics, working on PC, Sega and Nintendo platforms in the early days of video game development.

Her work has been juried into the Best and Brightest Competition in Scottsdale Arizona, the Greenhouse Gallery's Salon International, Laguna Plein Air Painters Competitions, the prestigious Oil Painters of America Western Regional, many California Art Club shows, American Women Artists shows, Artists of Distinction at the Santa Barbara Museum, and many shows at Waterhouse Gallery.  She has competed in numerous Plein Air competitions across the country, and is a member of Oil Painters of America, California Art Club, the Portrait Society of America, American Women Artists, and the American Impressionist Society.

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. 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. 

Thank you,

Chase Hopkins