Our second POPera presentation of the season salutes taverns, bars, and the mayhem that takes place in them.

Enjoy boisterous operatic excerpts set in taverns, drinking songs and toasting songs, plots about drunkenness, and sometimes, the consequences thereof.

Our world-class performers will delight you with some of the most spirited pieces from Carmen, La Traviata, Les Misérables, Die Fledermaus, Sweeney Todd, and more.

All performances are at Cage Brewing, with lots of surprises and maybe even some real-life bar hijinks!


Tyler Putnam

Sarah Nordin

Chris Romeo

Stephen Ray

Also Featuring
Andrew Boisvert, Devin Eatmon, Linda Holloway,
Rim Karnavicius, John Short, and Alex Torres

Love and Madness at the Opera

Saturday, February 19, 8 pm Opera Central
Sunday, February 20, 3 pm North Straub Park

A themed event for the St. Petersburg Celebration of the Arts.

Love, passion, death, and nightmares—February’s POPera explores Love and Madness at the Opera! Through operatic excerpts you will experience the beginnings of love and the descent into madness that follows a reversal. Dive into the extreme emotions of opera and its characters. Love and Madness at the Opera will keep you on the edge of your seat!

St. Petersburg Celebration of the Arts

The St. Petersburg Celebration of the Arts highlights the creative ambience of our wonderful city, involving diverse musical and theatrical groups as well as museums united around the exploration of a singular theme. The theme for 2022 is “Love.” Art historian Michele Kidwell Gilbert is a board member of the St Petersburg Opera and heads the Archaeology Committee of the National Arts Club. She and her husband, neurologist Dr. Gordon J. Gilbert, founded and organized the annual festival four years ago.

What is


The POPera series allowed the company to feature regional and favorites artists from the St Petersburg Opera family. These wildly popular events helped bridge the gap as we prepared for the return of Mainstage Opera.

Safety Information

The safety of our patrons and staff is very important to us, and we take precautions at all our events to prevent the spread of COVID-19. St Petersburg Opera requires temperature checks and masks for everyone who enters our building at Opera Central. Social distancing is strictly observed, with a minimum of 7 feet between tables and 15 feet distance from the stage to the first row of tables. Cage Brewing is an outdoor, covered venue, with social distancing and masks required. Our performances at the Museum of Fine Arts are held outdoors on the grassy lawn north of the museum building. Audience members bring their own chairs or blankets and are required to practice social distancing.  Palladium performances will include socially distanced seating between parties of at least 6 ft, masks are currently also required.

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