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Your dog could star in Opera Australia's latest Harbour production. Here's how

Written by
Alys Oldham

Has watching impeccably groomed pups strutting around Rebel Wilson on Pooch Perfect got you dreaming of your own fur baby getting their name in lights? Maybe you think the endless hours spent mastering the obedience trial on Nintendogs has made you the ultimate trainer with a perfectly behaved companion? No matter what your background is, Opera Australia is offering the ultimate opportunity for well-behaved dogs from all walks of life who dream of being a star.

A casting call has been put out for a few lucky woofers to make their stage debuts in front of a crowd of 3,000 at Sydney Opera House’s upcoming production of La Traviata. This year's Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour production features the tragic tale that inspired Moulin Rouge accompanied by a sweeping orchestra, fireworks and 80 performers. Plus a few talented pooches.

The real-life Parisian woman behind the opera’s central character was once gifted a small spaniel by an admirer, which the chosen pups will be bringing to life in a pivotal scene. French breeds are preferred, but all small to medium-sized dogs have a shot at stardom. The most important factor is that your dog is healthy and well-trained, so that they can confidently cross a floating walkway and climb steps on stage while ignoring plenty of noise, brights lights and other exciting distractions. 

Opera Australia is seeking dogs for select performances from April 3 to 21, so make sure you consult their schedules (and maybe yours too). Proud dog parents will also get two complimentary tickets to the show, but each dog must be cared for by a minder at all times when they’re not on stage, so if you want to look after your pup as well as check out the show, you can swap your complimentary tickets for another performance. 

Simply fill out an application form, where you can list all your dog’s deets alongside their most irresistible photo, and your furry friend could be on their way to their auspicious opera debut.

Check out these other top theatre shows coming to Sydney stages this March.

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