Welcome to Opera Edwardsville

Upcoming performances

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 on the stage of the historic Wildey Theatre.


Released daily via OE eblast, YouTube, and Facebook

DECEMBER 1-12, 2021


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.


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

DECEMBER 18, 2021 at 7:30pm


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