CORRECTION: Due to a reporting error, an earlier version of this article misquoted Marc Callahan about the opera, "A Good Boy." The music department is currently working on the opera. The article has been updated with the correct information. The Daily Tar Heel apologizes for this error.
To the UNC music department, opera is something everyone should be able to enjoy — and not limited to an elitist stereotype.
UNC's music department is unique because of the opera productions that take place once every semester. Marc Callahan, assistant professor of music at UNC, said what makes these performances exceptional is the work the students and faculty put in to cut three-hour productions down to one. The department also does many performances in English or displays translations on stage for productions in a different language.
Tickets can be found at memorial hall for $5 and the performance will be in Hill Hall. For more information, visit the UNC Opera Facebook page.
“We are working on an opera right now called 'A Good Boy,' which is about families who have loved ones living on death row," Callahan, who is responsible for directing the operas on campus, said. He is currently in the process of writing "A Good Boy."
"So, opera can both be used as a vehicle for social change, but it can also be a release and kind of a way to go into a space and see creativity unfold in front of you on stage,” he said.