Opera Australia is giving dogs with a dramatic flair the chance to make their operatic debut in La Bohème – Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour. Director Andy Morton has put out the casting call in time for the opening on Friday night, aiming to invite a different dog to the stage for each of the 26 shows in the season.
The lucky candidate will help set the scene of a wintery 1960s Paris, where love blossoms under street lamps and is lost along cobble paths. So, they’ve got to have ‘the look’ – poodles and French bulldogs are preferable – and should be well trained as the bright lights and big crowds of showbiz can be very distracting.
Successful applicants will score their owners two tickets to the show, as well as all the glory of being a proud stage parent. Two minders will need to accompany the dogs, caring for them before and after their appearance on stage.
To sign you pooch up, supply a photo, pick your available dates and register with Opera Australia. You'll need to arrive at 6.45pm on the night for an induction, and can stay for the performance or head off after your pup leaves the stage (around 8pm) and use your free tickets another night.