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Opera Edwardsville founder named director of Haymarket Opera Company in Chicago

The Haymarket Opera Company’s board has announced that Chase Hopkins, the founder and artistic director of Opera Edwardsville,  has been appointed as the Chicago company’s first general director.

He served as the interim general director of HOC since March of 2020. Opera Edwardsville held concerts at the Wildey Theatre. The concerts were conducted virtually during 2020.

As interim general director, Hopkins led HOC in its 10th Anniversary Season, which featured three new cinematic productions of Handel operas.

On its website, Haymarket Opera describes Hopkins as “no stranger to the world of Baroque Opera.” Hopkins has performed with conductors such as Rene Jacobs, Christian Curnyn, and Jonathon Cohen at festivals across Europe and the United States.

Haymarket said Hopkins’ vision for Opera Edwardsville created a new platform for opera in Southern Illinois garnering performances from international artists including Christine Brewer, Craig Terry, Jory Vinikour, Nigel North, and more while also providing educational programming reaching more than  1,500 local students.

Hopkins is an alumnus of Northwestern University where he graduated cum laude with a Bachelors degree in performance and arts administration, and the Royal Northern College of Music in the United Kingdom where he earned his Masters degree with distinction in performance, working with Lynne Dawson. Previous operatic training includes the Dutch National Opera Academy in Amsterdam with Rosemary Joshua and Olivier Lallouette and as a member of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland’s Alexander Gibson Opera School.

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