"Best Tourism Addition" from the Great Rivers & Routes Tourism Bureau

Great Rivers & Routes Tourism Summit

17 January 2019

Opera Edwardsville is grateful to have been awarded "Best Tourism Addition" by the Great Rivers and Routes Tourism Bureau.

OE was awarded among other area organizations that enhance the community including the Alton Little Theater, Edwardsville Rotary Criterium, and Cahokia Mounds World Heritage Site.

Opera Edwardsville gears up for inaugural holiday concert

Julia Biggs, The Edwardsville Intelligencer

09 December 2018

Only a few tickets remain for “Christmas at the Wildey,” Opera Edwardsville’s inaugural holiday concert that takes place at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 22 at the Wildey Theatre in Edwardsville. The event features three internationally-renowned professional opera performers — Evan Bravos, Sofia Troncoso and Edwardsville’s own Chase Hopkins...


Community welcomes Opera Edwardsville

Jill Moon, The Telegraph

06 December 2018

Opera Edwardsville, a new nonprofit arts organization, joins a community steeped in a tradition of promoting the arts in Madison County, Illinois. Hopkins, 29, founded and created Opera Edwardsville this year. Its inaugural event, “Opera Edwardsville presents Christmas at the Wildey,” introduces audiences to the world of opera in a celebration of the holiday season with traditional carols, hymns and majestic classical music, from Handel, Purcell, Vivaldi and Tchaikovsky...


Erin Bode, Ozark Mountain Daredevils among Wildey concerts for December

Scott Marion, The Edwardsville Intelligencer

30 November 2018

Musical diversity is the theme for December as the Wildey Theatre wraps up another memorable year of concerts and other events.

“It’s been a great year at the Wildey and we totally exceeded our expectations,” Wildey manager Al Canal said. “We couldn’t do that without the support of the community...


Chasing operatic visions with Hopkins

Julia Biggs, The Edwardsville Intelligencer

25 November 2018

When Chase Hopkins, a 2008 Edwardsville High School graduate and professional opera singer, was home for the holidays last Christmas, he organized a free Christmas concert for the community. After receiving a lot of positive feedback from that concert, Hopkins recently formed Opera Edwardsville and looks to celebrate with an inaugural concert.

“My experience in Europe as a professional opera singer has revealed the excitement, inspiration, and impact that opera festivals have on the communities in which they are rooted,” he said. “My passion for this art form, along with my love for this community has inspired me to found and create Opera Edwardsville.


Opera Edwardsville presents ‘Christmas at the Wildey’

The Edwardsville Intelligencer

02 November 2018

World-class music comes to Edwardsville when Opera Edwardsville debuts its first-ever performance, “Christmas at the Wildey,” 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 22 at the Wildey Theatre, 252 N. Main St., Edwardsville.

Three internationally renowned professional opera performers, accompanied by a quartet of St. Louis musicians, will present an evening of classical music and Christmas favorites during this inaugural performance by Opera Edwardsville, the region’s newest arts organization. The concert will feature music by Handel, Purcell, Vivaldi, Tchaikovsky as well as traditional Christmas carols.


Concert to mark singer’s homecoming

Julia Biggs, The Edwardsville Intelligencer

15 December 2017

It’s been almost 10 years since Chase Hopkins, a 2008 Edwardsville High School graduate, sang in Edwardsville.

After spending six of those 10 years abroad studying opera and classical music, Hopkins is returning home for the holidays and is inviting the public to kick off the Christmas weekend with him during a free Christmas Concert at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 22 at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Edwardsville.