The Hideaway Cafe was “officially” established in 2009 as a labor of love for owners, John and Nicole Kelly. Having met in Nashville, TN, John, Singer-Songwriter & Studio Engineer, and Nicole, Music Lover & IT Professional, married their individual business ventures with the idea that they could offer a pretty complete package to musicians and an original spot for music-lovers to congregate.
The mission of the St. Petersburg Opera Company is to enrich the cultural lives of the residents of and visitors to the Tampa Bay area by presenting fully staged professional opera productions of the highest quality, and to make opera accessible to present and future audiences through community outreach, educational initiatives, and collaboration with other arts organizations.
The St. Petersburg Opera Company is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 corporation. All charitable contributions are fully deductible to the extent permissible by law.
St. Petersburg Opera was founded in 2007 by Mark Sforzini with the financial assistance of the late Doyle McClendon. The company began with a two fully staged performances of La Bohème and the Florimezzo Orchestra. From the beginning, Maestro Sforzini believed in the necessity of a vital Emerging Artist program and in community outreach and opera education. La Bohème generated enough in ticket sales to encourage Sforzini and McClendon to continue and the following season, the company produced two operas, with two performances each. The company formed a Board of Directors in 2008 which has grown to 15 members. In addition, as Mr. McClendon retired, the company established a network of loyal donors and supporters who have helped the company grow.