The 12 days of opera edwardsville
DECEMBER 1-12, 2021 | Free Online Series
Released daily in 2021 via OE eblasts, YouTube, and on Facebook.
Building on the success of our virtual season in 2020, Opera Edwardsville presented an online series The 12 Days of Opera Edwardsville, a digital series presented online for free that reached over 40,000 viewers. The 12 Days of Opera Edwardsville was filmed on the stage of the historic Wildey Theatre, with film and audio produced by St. Louis production company Once Films.
The series featured artists from Illinois communities including Lebanon, Bunker Hill, Belleville, Glen Carbon, Edwardsville and St. Louis, Missouri. Performers include OE artistic advisor and Grammy Award-winning soprano, Christine Brewer, sopranos Angel Azzarra, Karen Kanakis, Julie Kelsheimer, and Amy Prince, tenor Marc Schapman, baritone Jacob Lassetter, and pianist Joseph Welch. Soprano Delaney Holliday was featured as a student spotlight on the series. The musical program included 12 performances of cherished holiday carols and classical Christmas favorites.
Released daily December 1-12, 2021 online:
Facebook: Opera Edwardsville
YouTube: Opera Edwardsville’s channel
LISTEN to the performances
Over Performances as part of the 12 Days of Opera Edwardsville reached 39,000+ views in 2021 alone, with ongoing views across YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, and OE's website. Listen to the full playlist on OE's YouTube or Facebook:
Facebook: 2021 Performances | Facebook Playlist
YouTube: 2021 Performances | YouTube Playlist
Day 1: Joy to the World
Day 2: What Child is This?
Day 3: Panis Angelicus
Day 4: I wonder as I wander
Day 5: In the Bleak Midwinter
Day 6: O come, o come, Emmanuel
Day 7: O Holy Night
Day 8: Gesu bambino
Day 9: Lo, how a Rose e'er Blooming
Day 10: The Huron Carol
Day 11: O Little Town of Bethlehem
Day 12: Hark the Herald Angels Sing
Meet the Artists
Performers include OE artistic advisor and Grammy Award-winning soprano, Christine Brewer, sopranos Angel Azzarra, Karen Kanakis, Julie Kelsheimer, Amy Prince, and Delaney Holliday, tenor Marc Schapman, baritone Jacob Lassetter, and pianist Joseph Welch.
SPONSORS AND SPECIAL THANKS
This free online series would not be possible without the generous support of the 2021 OE Business Sponsors and individual donors. 2021 Season presented by the City of Edwardsville, Lewis Rice, Stifel, and the Rotary Club of Edwardsville. Additional sponsorship comes from the 222 Artisan Bakery, Bank of Madison County, Friends of the Wildey Theatre, SIUE Meridian Society, and the SIYAO Vocal Competition. Special thanks to the Rivers and Routes Tourism Bureau, Once Films, and the Wildey Theatre.