WELCOME TO OPERA EDWARDSVILLE
2020 SEASON REVEAL: APRIL 2, 2020
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 mainstage 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!
April 2 - OE's first "Friend-raiser" and Season Reveal Party (Free public event)
September 10 - Masterclass (Free public event)
September 11 - September Concert
November 14 - Kid's Opera! (Free public event)
December 10 - Masterclass (Free public event)
December 11 - December Concert
April 1 - May 15 = Sponsorship Ticket Presale
May 15 = General Ticket sale
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.