2nd Annual "Christmas at the Wildey: A Wagnerian Christmas"
December 20, 2019
For our second annual holiday concert at the Wildey Theatre, Opera Edwardsville is proud to welcome St. Louis' beloved soprano, Julie Tabash Kelsheimer, and Scottish mezzo Penelope Cousland (who will make her US debut) alongside OE Founder & Artistic Director, Chase Henry Hopkins. The musical program will feature the music of Wagner, Humperdinck and Rossini. To capture the thrill of this repertoire, we welcome St. Louis' premier brass ensemble, Clarion Brass, led by Mary Weber, and the Persied String Quartet.
"Composer Spotlight Series" at the World Chess Hall of Fame in St. Louis
December 12, 2019
Opera Edwardsville was invited to perform as part of the Composer Spotlight Series at the World Chess Hall of Fame. The musical program featured Wagner's Siegfried Idyll and the Wesendonck Lieder. OE presented guest soloist and mezzo-soprano, Penelope Cousland, the Persied String Quartet, and pianist Dr. Joseph Welch for this special performance.
An Opera for Kids: "Pinocchio"
For our youngest audience members, “Pinocchio” toured to eight District 7 elementary schools and presented a free public 40-minute performance to a packed Wildey Theatre. The program was generously funded by the SIUE Meridian Society and reached over a thousand students. Seven SIUE student musicians were featured. OE also facilitated a mentor session for guest soloist Mathilda Edge with OE’s Artistic Advisor, Christine Brewer.
2019 Masterclasses for University and High School Students
September + December 2019
For advanced singers, OE presented five free masterclasses to three area universities including Webster, UMSL, and SIUE. Over 150 students benefited from sessions with voice teacher Karen Brunssen, on faculty at Northwestern University and President of the National Association for Teachers of Singing.
Public Masterclasses offer young singers access to top performers and technicians in order to further their craft and performance skills. These Masterclasses offer audiences insight into the process of building a voice.
Christine Brewer and Craig Terry in Concert at the Wildey Theatre
September 7, 2019
A monumental concert opened OE’s 2019 season with legendary Grammy award-winning soprano Christine Brewer and renowned pianist Craig Terry. Brewer presented a program of her favorites, beginning with Wagner and Mozart, a dramatic song cycle of WWII letters set to music by Alan Smith, and concluded with a set of songs collected to pay homage to Brewer's predecessors: Encores presented by four sopranos from the 20th century noted for a similar vocal quality to Brewer's. The performance was followed by a Champagne reception at which audience members could meet and greet these guests artists.
Edwardsville House Concert Presenting Mathilda Edge
House concerts provided a small event to thank top OE sponsors. In 2019, OE presented soprano Mathilda Edge from the Lyric Opera of Chicago.
Friends of Chicago Cocktail Party
Board members Bob and Mary LaRose welcomed friends of Opera Edwardsville to their home in Chicago for cocktails to learn about OE's mission and progress in the Edwardsville community.
Inaugural "Christmas at the Wildey"
December 22, 2018
Inaugural Concert and Launch, featuring 6 St. Louis area musicians alongside guest soloists baritone Evan Bravos and soprano Sofia Troncoso in a special evening of holiday classicals and classical favorites.
2018 Masterclasses in Edwardsville and Webster Groves for High School Students
Masterclasses were held at Edwardsville High School and Webster Groves High School to support vocal training and arts in high school music and choral programs.
Edwardsville House Concert Presenting Julie Tabash Kelsheimer
House concerts provided a small event to thank top OE sponsors. In 2018, OE welcomed soprano Julie Tabash Kelsheimer from St. Louis.