A message from the Founder & Artistic Director:

2020 SEASON REVEAL

OE promises a third season full of fabulous opera, world class artists, and even more opportunities for arts education. Our third season runs from September through December, 2020 with main stage concerts at the historic Wildey Theatre, vocal masterclasses, house parties, and a touring opera production for kids! Join us for arts and education through the shared experience of live classical music.

September

September 10 - Masterclass (Free public event)

September 11 - September Concert

November

November 14 - Kid's Opera! (Free public event)

December

December 10 - Masterclass (Free public event)

December 11 - December Concert

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SEPTEMBER 10

Masterclass with Karen Brunssen

This event is free and open to the public. We encourage those who are curious to see how an operatic voice is developed to join for this masterclass in which student performers from SIUE will work with renowned voice teacher, Karen Brunssen.


September 10, 2020 from 6:30-8:30pm

Wildey Theatre, Edwardsville IL 62025

This free event is generously funded by the Edwardsville Rotary Club.

September 11

Duets and Arias of Mozart, Massenet, & More



Featuring:

Mathilda Edge, Soprano

Lindsay Metzger, Mezzo

Joseph Welch, Piano



along with:

Hannah Frey, Violin


And special Student Feature:

Cady Thomas, Soprano


About September's Program:

Sumptuous duets and lush arias from opera's greatest hits performed by two of America's most exciting emerging artists: Mathilda Edge and Lindsay Metzger. Both singers trained in the prestigious Ryan Opera Center at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, working closely with Craig Terry, who OE audiences may remember from September 2019 with Christine Brewer. A robust program of Mozart, Massenet and more.

September 11, 2020 at 7:30pm

Wildey Theatre, Edwardsville IL

NOVEMBER 14

Three Little Pigs: An Opera for Kids!

An operatic version of the story of The Three Little Pigs based on scenes from operas by W. A. Mozart:

While brother pigs Don Giovanni and Cherubino set off to make homes of sticks and straw, their sister, Despina, goes to the library to read up on "huff-proof, puff-proof" home construction. After Wolfgang Bigbad blows down the boys’ flimsy homes, they run to their sister’s sturdy new brick house quite ready to admit that going to the library and reading books is a pretty smart thing to do after all.

45 minutes. Sung in English.

Registration will be available through the Edwardsville Public Library.


September 14, 2020 at 10am

Wildey Theatre, Edwardsville IL 62025

This free performance is generously funded by the Edwardsville Rotary Club.

December 10

Masterclass with Karen Brunssen

Please join for the second of our free masterclasses being offered to students of SIUE with Karen Brunssen. Having served as the President of the National Association for Teachers of Singing (NATS), Brunssen is a sought after pedagogue in masterclasses, lectures, workshops, and conferences around the world.

Masterclasses are an important part of student singers' training. The experience welcomes a live audience to watch as students hone their craft with nerves and adrenaline at play. Support our local students at one or both of our free masterclasses.


December 10, 2020 from 6:30-8:30pm

Wildey Theatre, Edwardsville IL 62025

This free event is generously funded by the Edwardsville Rotary Club.

December 11

3rd Annual Christmas at the Wildey:

Sacred Cantatas and Arias of the Renaissance and Baroque



Featuring:

Déborah Cachet, Soprano

Michaela Wolz, Mezzo

Chase Hopkins, Tenor

Jonathon Adams, Baritone




along with:

Jory Vinikour, Harpsichord & Organ

Nigel North, Theorbo

Joseph Welch, Organ

Allison Nyquist, Violin

Stephanie Hunt, Cello


About December's Program:

Join us for a very special concert as early music specialists arrive in Edwardsville from around the world to perform works of Praetorius, Purcell, Buxtehude, Bach, and Handel. The musical program highlights music written around the religious observation and celebration of Christmas from the Renaissance and Baroque periods in Western Europe.

As part of our 2019 program, OE was proud to welcome legendary soprano, Christine Brewer for a concert with 2019 Grammy Award-winner and pianist Craig Terry. For this concert, we welcome two titans of the early music world: Jory Vinikour and Nigel North, both amonst the most celebrated harpsichordists and theorbo players (respectively) in the world. Vinikour and North are joined by Allison Nyquist on violin, and Edwardsville-native and cellist, Stephanie Hunt.

Deborah Cachet and Jonathon Adams make their US debuts with Opera Edwardsville. Originally from Belgium, Cachet joins us on the Wildey Theatre stage from Paris, and Canadian Baritone, Jonathon Adams joins us from the Netherlands. OE is also extremely privileged to welcome Michaela Wolz, recent winner of the Metropolitan Opera Competition (2018).

December 11, 2020 at 7:30pm

Wildey Theatre, Edwardsville IL

2019 In Review

2019 was 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 closed with our second annual “Christmas at the Wildey” on December 20, 2019. OE’s signature concert series featured guest soloist soprano Julie Tabash Kelsheimer, Scottish mezzo-soprano Penelope Cousland, and thirteen St. Louis area musicians. Thank you to our wonderful sponsors, supporters and packed audiences! We hope to see you in 2020!

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.

Thank you,

Chase Hopkins