Opera Edwardsville honors city, theatre with commemorative poster
Charles Bolinger, The Edwardsville Intelligencer17 April 2019
EDWARDSVILLE — The city of Edwardsville and the Wildey Theatre received a token of appreciation from Opera Edwardsville Tuesday following the organization’s inaugural season.
“It was a pleasure to present the gift of a framed Opera Edwardsville (OE) poster to the Wildey Theatre as a token of appreciation and a symbol of our friendship,” OE founder Chase Hopkins said during Tuesday’s city council meeting.
“The poster was designed by Jim Harper and featured at our inaugural event last December. As every arts organization must find its home, I feel lucky that Opera Edwardsville has found both this community and the Wildey Theatre. I’m grateful for the vision and hard work behind the Wildey Theatre’s restoration and to the city of Edwardsville who act as the steward of the historic theater. I am also grateful to the Wildey’s Director, Al Canal, and his team for welcoming Opera Edwardsville to the Wildey’s stage. As a community, we are fortunate to have this space and I hope to see many more OE performances at the Wildey Theatre,” Hopkins said.
Opera Edwardsville enters momentous second season
Jill Moon, 'The Edge' and the Alton Telegraph 11 April 2019
EDWARDSVILLE — Still riding a momentous wave from its sold out inaugural concert at the Wildey Theatre, Opera Edwardsville continues the buzz surrounding the region’s newest nonprofit arts organization with the announcement of its 2019 season...
2019 Meridian Award Recipient
Joint grant awarded to Opera Edwardsville and the SIUE Opera Theatre by the Meridian Society10 April 2019
Opera Edwardsville and the Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville have been awarded a joint grant from the Meridian Society to produce an opera which will be performed by student singers in the SIUE Vocal Department for elementary student audiences at schools, hospitals and community organizations.
An auxiliary organization of the SIUE Foundation, the Meridian Society promotes women's leadership and invests in SIUE-community based projects.
Opera Edwardsville announces Top Talent for its 2019 Season
Julia Biggs, The Edwardsville Intelligencer 09 April 2019
EDWARDSVILLE — After an inaugural run of shows, Opera Edwardsville has announced its second season featuring world-renowned opera singers and several community-outreach programs...
Northwestern University 'Fanfare'
Northwestern University, Bienen School of Music publication Spring 2019 Edition
Northwestern University's Bienen School of Music has featured three of Opera Edwardsville's artists in their seasonal publication highlighting faculty, alumni and students.
The feature includes Founder & Artistic Director, Chase Hopkins, baritone Evan Bravos who performed as part of OE's inaugural concert in December 2018, and renowned voice teacher, Karen Brunssen who will join in 2019 for a two-part Masterclass Series.
OTSL Alumni Profile: Chase Hopkins, Opera Edwardsville Artistic Director and Tenor
Opera Theatre of St. Louis7 March 2019
In the 10 years since graduating from Opera Theatre of St. Louis' Artists-in-Training Program, alumnus Chase Henry Hopkins has been busy. He's earned degrees from Northwestern University, trained and performed in Europe, and started his own nonprofit — Opera Edwardsville!...
"Best Tourism Addition" from the Great Rivers & Routes Tourism Bureau
Great Rivers & Routes Tourism Summit17 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 Intelligencer09 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 Telegraph06 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 Intelligencer30 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 Intelligencer25 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 Intelligencer02 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 Intelligencer15 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.