CU Opera program receives $2 million endowment

CU Boulder Pirates of Penzance
A scene from CU Boulder's production of "Pirates of Penzance" which opens Friday at Macky Auditorium.

Paul Eklund
Paul Eklund (left), CU Boulder opera director Leigh Holman, dean of the CU Boulder College of Music Robert S. Shay.

“It’s very encouraging, because I’ve heard forever that this is the art form of the elite, and it’s not,” Holman says. “The only reason that these emotions and this text are set to music is because the feelings are so strong in opera that you have to sing them, and anyone can relate to that. I don’t think it’s as far removed as some people once thought.”

The 2014 CU Opera season opens Friday with a production of “The Pirates of Penzance” at Macky Auditorium.