Welcome to Opera Edwardsville

REvised 2020 Season

November 2020

The Three Little Pigs

An Opera for KidsOn Film!

A virtual field trip to the opera, featuring SIUE university performers in an operatic adaptation created specially for the enjoyment of kids. The magic of opera meets the music of Mozart!

Generously sponsored by the Edwardsville Rotary Club.

Presented in partnership with Once Films, Wildey Theatre, Edwardsville Public Library, SIUE Arts & Issues Series, and the Edwardsville Children's Museum.

Online film release date to be announced.

December 2020

3rd Annual Christmas from the Wildey

A Special Holiday Broadcast -- Online!

Brought to you from the Wildey Theatre stage, featuring OE favorites performing alongside Grammy Winner & OE Artistic Advisor Christine Brewer. The Sounds of the Season meet the Spirit of the Holiday!

Sponsored by Stifel and OE's 2020 Sponsors.

Presented in partnership with the Once Films and the Wildey Theatre.

Online performance date to be announced.

Special thanks to our 2020 Presenting Sponsors & Partners

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 sponsored us in 2018 and 2019, and am excited for our revised 2020 season.

Thank you,

Chase Hopkins