MISSION

From the Edwardsville Municipal Band to the legendary Mississippi River Festival, music is an integral part of Edwardsville’s history. Opera Edwardsville is building upon this rich legacy to bring world-class opera to the Southern Illinois region and Edwardsville community.

Founded by Edwardsville-native & classical tenor Chase Hopkins, Opera Edwardsville uses a European opera festival-model to create a unique musical experience in the St. Louis area.

Through concerts, lectures, recitals, operas, masterclasses, and educational outreach programs, Opera Edwardsville exposes audiences to bold artistic ideas, powerful drama, fascinating history, global perspectives, and beautiful music - all through the shared experience of live and digital 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.

Artistic Leadership

Chase Hopkins, Artistic Director, chasehenryhopkins.com

Christine Brewer, Artistic Advisor, christinebrewer.com

Board of Directors

Brian Pezza, President

Margaret Solon, Secretary

Robert LaRose, Treasurer

Kathryn Biarkis

Chase Hopkins

Clayton Hopkins

SJ Morrison

Marian Smithson

Margaret Vaught

Suzanne L. Wagner

Rich Walker

A Land Acknowledgement

Opera Edwardsville recognizes the importance of perspective and acknowledges that Edwardsville exists on and serves a region that includes the traditional homelands of The Illinois Confederacy, including the Cahokia, Kaskaskia, Michigamea, Peoria, and Tamaroa; and the Kiikaapoi (Treaty of Edwardsville, 1819), Myaamia, Aakiiwaki (Sauk), Meskwaki (Fox), Ho-Chunk (Winnebago), Kaw, Missouria, Quapaw, Ponca, Omaha, Osage, Onödowáʼga (Seneca), and others. Through this acknowledgment, their contemporary and ancestral ties to the land and their contributions to our community are renewed and reaffirmed.