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A cute and well-behaved dog is needed to star in an opera in the National Concert Hall this month

The dog does not need to sing.

THE SEARCH IS on for a small and cute dog with acting potential to star in La Boheme at The National Concert Hall this month.

The dog will need to be well-behaved and his owner will need to be prepared to go onstage in costume to look after him or her.

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 ft 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.

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

A dog called Julius Caesar which belongs to the French soprano Olga Perrier, who sings the role of Musetta on the tour, is currently filling the position during the rehearsals in Moldova.

The romantic opera is coming to Dublin on Sunday 16 April.

To audition your dog send a photograph to Jules Bath: Jules@ellenkent.co.uk include your contact number and address as well as the breed, height, weight, age and name of your dog as well as a bit of info about your dog’s character. 

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