Is Your Dog The Next Opera Diva?

Norman - the New Alexandra Theatre dog - is looking for a doggy friend to star in the classic opera

Norman the Pug is leading the way in the search for a new breed of superstar to take to the stage in La Boheme at the Birmingham's New Alexandra Theatre on Saturday 22nd October.

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 production, which is presented by Opera & Ballet International.

Featuring international soloists, highly praised chorus and full orchestra the show has been described as one of the most romantic operas every written, and introduces the Russian soprano Ecaterina Danu as Mimi and Olga Perrier, the international French Soprano as Musetta. 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 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.”

The only caveat's are that the dog needs to be small and well behaved – and the owner needs to be prepared to go on stage, in costume, to look after him or her. 

Anyone who would like to audition should send a photograph to Jules Bath at You should include your contact number and address as well as the breed, height, weight, age and name of the dog.

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.

Tickets for La Boheme are available at or by calling 0844 871 3011.


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