Welcome to Opera Edwardsville

2021 SEASON

After a virtual season in 2020 which reached over 40,000+ views online, our 2021 Season is coming to theaters, parks, and screens near you. Join us for a triumphant return to live performance!


Business sponsors and individual donors enable Opera Edwardsville to welcome world-class talent to Edwardsville, support arts education, and provide free performances to the entire community. Consider supporting OE as a business sponsor or individual donor today!

SEPTEMBER 10, 2021

Opera Edwardsville at Edwardsville City Park | Free Concert

Join a celebratory return to live performance with OE's first-ever outdoor concert. Guest artists will perform operatic highlights and selections from the golden age of musical theater. The concert will be free to the public. Audiences are encouraged to bring their chairs and picnics to be enjoyed under the stars on the lawn of the Edwardsville City Park.


OPERA EDWARDSVILLE at EDWARDSVILLE CITY PARK

101 S. Buchanan Street, Edwardsville, IL 62025


SEPTEMBER 10, 2021 at 7:30pm

CONCERT FREE TO PUBLIC

DECEMBER 1-12, 2021

The 12 Days of Opera Edwardsville | Free Online Series

Building on the success of our 2020 online series "The 12 Days of Opera Edwardsville" which reached over 40,000 views, OE will present a second online series of holiday classics and festive operatic selections. The online series will be free to the public. Enjoy the sounds of the season! Filmed by St. Louis video production company Once Films.


THE 12 DAYS of OPERA EDWARDSVILLE

Released daily via OE eblast, YouTube, and Facebook


DECEMBER 1-12, 2021

ONLINE SERIES FREE TO PUBLIC

DECEMBER 18, 2021

Opera Edwardsville at Dunham Hall | Ticketed Signature Holiday Concert

Opera Edwardsville is honored to be invited to be presented as part of the SIUE Arts and Issues Series this December. As part of OE's signature holiday concert, guest artists will perform operatic highlights and festive favorites. Tickets will go on sale in the autumn of 2021, through the SIUE Arts and Issues box office. More information soon.


OPERA EDWARDSVILLE at DUNHAM HALL

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Dunham Hall, 50 Hairpin Drive, Edwardsville, IL 62025


DECEMBER 18, 2021 at 7:30pm

TICKETS ON SALE SOON.

Special thanks to our 2021 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 support OE.

Thank you,

Chase Hopkins