Welcome to Opera Edwardsville

2021 SEASON ANNOUNCEMENT | Coming soon

Through a virtual season in 2020, OE managed to find new opportunities and continued growth despite the global pandemic, with digital performances being viewed over 41,000 times. We were thrilled to have filmed and presented The Three Little Pigs and the The 12 Days of Opera Edwardsville online.

A silver lining of 2020 was new and continued partnerships, including Once Films, the St. Louis City Museum, Edwardsville Arts Center, City of Edwardsville Arts in the Park, Edwardsville Children's Museum, Edwardsville Public Library, SIUE's Arts & Issues, the Wildey Theatre, and SIUE Music Department.

Get ready to mark your calendars... Opera Edwardsville is coming to theaters, parks, and screens near you! We have exciting plans in place for OE's 2021 season and can't wait to share.

Audition for Opera Edwardsville

OE will hold its first-ever general audition, with particular interest to hear singers located or from the St. Louis area. Opera Edwardsville is poised and interested to feature the talented singers of the St. Louis region to a growing audience and presence in Edwardsville, IL.

Audition panel to include Chase Hopkins, OE founder and artistic director, and soprano Christine Brewer, OE artistic advisor. Live auditions will be accompanied by pianist Joseph Welch.

Interested singers are encouraged to apply. Following a material review, selected artists will be invited to audition live on June 29, 2021. Please submit resume and recording samples online.

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.

Thank you,

Chase Hopkins