Welcome to Opera Edwardsville

2023 Season

Opera for Kids: 

The Billy Goats Gruff

July 15, 2023

Edwardsville Public Library

Opera Edwardsville 

at Edwardsville City Park

September 8, 2023

Edwardsville City Park

Opera Edwardsville 

at Dunham Hall

December 2, 2023

SIUE Dunham Hall


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 & Barton Family Fund


Gifts of $1,000+

Craig Becker & Richard Schlesinger

Meg & Bart Solon

Bob Wetzel & Brenda Mainer

Betsy Meyer

Mike & Marian Smithson

Rod & Maggi Vaught

Nancy Wilson


Gifts of $500+

Bob & Kathryn Biarkis

Elizabeth Edwards

Bob & Mary LaRose

Dolores Levi

SJ & Emily Morrison

Brenda and Greg Roosevelt

Fredna Scroggins

Wanda Salzman

Robert Schuh and Lara Oakley

Joe & Linda Stevens

Rich & Missy Walker

David & Kay Werner


Gifts of $300+

Rich & Mary Berry

John & Judy Baisch

Belinda & Rick Carstens-Wickham

Cathy Crowder

Jack & Yonsook Enloe

Peg Flach & John Zuelke

Cynthia Hamilton & Brent Iverson

Carol Gerdt & John Harvey

Aleana Hiles

Ann & Susan Hume

Michael Lambert & Tim Hutchison

Dr. Janice Joplin

Catherine & Charles Juneau

Mary Ruth Kettenbach

Barb & Tom Kinsella

Cara Lytle

Vera McCoy Sulentic

Kate & John Motley

Michael & Michelle Mulligan

Suzanne Nevins

Andrew & Maria Schwartzkopf

Robert Semon

Mark and Louise

Vera McCoyb Sulentic

John & Mary Tabash

Dave Thomas

Rachel Tompkins & Cartney James

Matt & Jennifer Warren

Jim & Jane Weingartner

S. LaVernn Wilson

Christine Winter


Gifts up to $299

Donna and Tom Bardon

Susan Bostwick

Dale & Becky Claussen

Maureen Dietzel

Carol & David Gocken

Mark Halton and Toni Kutchan

David Hanser

Jack Klobnak

Shirley Malench

Alice Nelson

Linda Perry

Lyndia Pezza


2023 Season Poster

2023 Season poster features original art by painter Sarah Lorentz

© Opera Edwardsville 2023

Artist’s Biography

Sarah Lorentz creates energetic, striking compositions full of bold brushwork and electric color while also tapping into a specific sense of nostalgia ringing from a childhood in the 1990’s small, Midwestern town. While the subject matter of her work ranges from evocative figurative commentaries to pastoral plein air landscapes, the physicality of material and deliberate remnants of the process belay the same confident hand behind the brush. She has an active presence in the art scene in St Louis where she currently lives and works, teaching courses, attending art fairs, and exhibiting work regularly regionally and nationally.  

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