2021 Season in Review
A Remarkable Year at OE!
Jack and the Beanstalk | An opera for kids!
Opera Edwardsville at Edwardsville City Park | A free community concert
December 1-12, 2021
The 12 Days of Opera Edwardsville | A free online series
DECEMBER 18, 2021
Opera Edwardsville at Dunham Hall | OE's Signature Holiday Concert
Special thanks to our 2021 Presenting Sponsors & Partners
OE's 2021 season would not have been possible without the support of donors and sponsors who helped to make arts education accessible to kids and families, support professional development and create opportunities for university singers, and connect over 40,000 members of the community with the arts though OE's in-person and online programs.
OE's 2021 Season is presented by the City of Edwardsville, Lewis Rice, Stifel, and the Rotary Club of Edwardsville. Additional sponsorship comes from 222 Artisan Bakery, Bank of Madison County, Friends of the Wildey Theatre, SIUE Meridian Society, and the SIYAO Vocal Competition. Special thanks to the Great Rivers and Routes Tourism Bureau, the SIUE Arts & Issues Series, and the many individual donors who made our 2021 season possible.
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.