St. Pete Opera and Cage Brewing’s latest 'POPera' collaboration pays homage to lost drinking songs

These performances will celebrate the release of Cage Brewing’s exclusive “The Phantom of the HOPera” beer.

click to enlarge St. Pete Opera and Cage Brewing’s latest 'POPera' collaboration pays homage to lost drinking songs
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Whether you’re an avid opera fan or devout drinker of craft brews, this month’s “POPera” performances at Cage Brewing might tickle your fancy.

According to its Facebook event page, these performances will “salute taverns, bars, and the mayhem that takes place in them.”

St. Pete Opera’s Artistic Director Mark Sforzini put together an eclectic and exciting performance featuring songs from popular musicals and operas like Carmen, La Traviata, Les Misérables, Die Fledermaus and Sweeney Todd.

Cage Brewing will host four installations of this St. Pete Opera production from April 21-24. Tickets run for $35 each and can be found at stpetersburgoperacompany.

Various St. Pete Opera singers will be accompanied by live piano, as the performances will take place at Cage Brewing’s outdoor stage, located at 2001 1st Ave. S in between the Historic Kenwood and Palmetto Park neighborhoods.

And if you’re more interested in the beer than the opera, Cage Brewing’s limited edition “The Phantom of the HOPera” is described as an old-school IPA with a 7.1% ABV, 50 IBUs, and a citrusy aftertaste. What's better than getting drunk to songs about getting drunk?

For more information on these exciting performances and its accompanying beer release, visit or

St. Pete Opera hosts different types of pop-up performances at Cage Brewing throughout the year—like its annual “Holiday Sparkle” show—so keep up with @stpeteopera on Facebook for the latest announcements.

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Kyla Fields

Kyla Fields is the Managing Editor of Creative Loafing Tampa Bay who started their journey at CL as summer 2019 intern. They are the proud owner of a charming, sausage-shaped, four-year-old rescue mutt named Piña.
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