Established in 1964, with the mission to educate, to build appreciative audiences, and to encourage young talent throughout the state of Florida by providing classical vocal and opera competitions. We support the St. Petersburg Opera Company and its educational programs.   If you would like additional information or have questions about SPOG, please contact us.


Encourage Young Talent

Build Appreciative Audiences

St. Pete Opera is streaming encore presentations of operas from their recent seasons. Chill with a new opera every Monday. Free to all, viewers so far have enjoyed classics including The Magic Flute, and The Merry Widow as well as less familiar but just as wonderful Gianni Schicchi as well as special Facebook Live presentations by Maestro Mark Sforzini.

It’s all part of the Maestro’s steadfast leadership as he guides his enormous artistic non-profit organization into an uncertain future.

“We miss all of you! We have been struggling to plan our next steps in a time when even the immediate future is uncertain” writes Maestro, outlining his plans in a lengthy letter to his patrons.

“We are excited to present to you the results of our careful consideration of what Opera looks like in the midst of global pandemic. It’s not enough to keep our community safe by keeping the theaters dark. We will bring you Opera, we will learn what we must, do what we must, to keep the music going!

#OPERAandCHILL is an immediate fix for opera addicts, and Maestro’s Pre-Show Chats serve up Mark Sforzini’s thrilling insights on opera in a long format usually reserved for the Maestro Series talks, but with the new informality that has descended upon us all.

Even the annual fundraiser Bella Voce was a virtual show that embraced the current realities. Not only did SPO have a successful auction and fundraiser, but they also put on a show.

Usually a hoity-toity black tie affair, the Bella Voce Vincero went full health-spacing and much more informal. Twenty one tenors sang Nessum Dorma from Turandot all in little Zoom boxes and all wonderfully victorious. A trio of singers wished us all “steady breezes and calm seas on this unprecedented journey in uncertain times. But we will arrive safely at our destination, victorious.”

And as an extra bonus, as if to make up for the all the hassle and discomfort and lack of dessert, Maestro serves up a special treat. World Hulahoop Champion Mark Sforzini dusted off his routine to show he still has all the moves. The video is still there if you want to see Maestro’s athleticism a la hoops a-flying.

One thing is for sure, Maestro and SPO are not taking all this sitting down. Read the letter and see the gala at StPeteOpera.Org

2020 High School
Competition Winners!

Our 49th Annual High School Vocal Competition was held Saturday, February 15, 2020. Presented by Co-Sponsors St. Petersburg Opera Guild and St. Petersburg Opera Company.

2021 High School

2021 College and Young Professionals Competition

General Meeting Luncheons


We are looking forward to luncheons resuming in the fall. Information will be forthcoming as soon as it is available.

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St Pete Opera Guild helps to fund a program for schoolchildren introducing them to opera.

Here is a video about a production of Pinocchio produced by St. Petersburg Opera.

Of course, the St. Petersburg Opera Guild supports the St. Petersburg Opera Company, and the talented team of professionals led by Maestro Mark Sforzini.

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