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Tuesday, 28 March 2017


Opera Dog Search

Has your dog got star quality?

Does your pet dog have what it takes to be an opera star?

If your pet pooch is the canine equivalent of Brad Pitt or Scarlett Johansson, then they could win a place in the spotlight in the beautiful and romantic opera La Boheme coming to University Concert Hall Limerick on Friday 14th April.

Award-winning opera director and producer Ellen Kent said: “People say never work with children or animals but I love to do both. The first time was 20 years ago when my pet cat Holly Go-Lightly was in one of my productions and was an instant hit. Since then we’ve had horses, dogs, goldfish and even a golden eagle with a 6ft wingspan on stage.

Many years ago when we last did La Boheme and asked local people to volunteer their pets it was a huge success. We even used a rescue dog once and found him dozens of new owners!

Ireland is a nation of animal lovers after all. I’m sure there is plenty of doggie talent out there.”

Your pet needs to be well behaved and small – and as his owner, you will need to be prepared to go onstage in costume to look after him or her.

To “audition” your dog, send a photograph to Jules Bath: jules@ellenkent.co.uk.or contact her at mobile +447791012837.   Please include your contact number and address as well as the breed, height, weight, age and name of your dog. If you are successful, we will contact you as soon as possible before the performance.

Ellen Kent brings one of the most romantic operas ever written to the stage in her new tour, traditionally staged featuring beautiful sets and costumes. The set reflects the Bohemian art of the period and will include a brass band, snow effects and Musetta’s dog will also make an entrance (maybe thanks to YOU!).