Opera in Central Arkansas seems like a dream, but for UCA vocal students, this dream has become a reality. The University of Central Arkansas provided a night of music, joy, laughter, and above all else, community. Opening night was Thursday evening April 3 and the show ran through Sunday.

Junior Melissa Hardy, said, "I love opera! When I heard that UCA was having a show I was ecstatic. What’s even better is that it’s free."

UCA is offering three free operas this season, including Samuel Barber’s "A Hand of Bridge," Gian Carlo Menotti’s "The Telephone" and Seymour Barab’s "La Pizza con Funghi." Each opera has been directed by Dr. Robert Holden and performed by Music students enrolled in UCA Opera Theatre and a sprinkle of Graduate vocal students as well. The shows are worth watching; bright colors and high notes lead the audience on an amazing lyrical path. Many believe that the stigma that opera is boring is definitely broken at UCA. Performers engage the audience singing to them, not at them, and the students’ enjoy their craft.

Following opening night the performers exited their venue hugging the necks of family and friends. One actress stated, "That was so much fun! I can’t wait until tomorrow."

Whether a night on the town or a calming new experience, the UCA opera is the place to be this weekend.